Spay / Neuter
To help curb overpopulation tragedy and encourage proper pet care, the Ontario County Humane Society has established a spay/neuter program. The program is available to Ontario County residents who, BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS, are unable to have their pets spayed or neutered.
This program is available through the generosity of area veterinarians who recognize the need to limit the abundance of unwanted pets. Participating veterinarians donate 1/3 of the cost of the surgery, and the balance of the surgery is a shared cost between the pet owner and the Ontario County Humane Society. The program covers only spay/neuter costs NOT exams, vaccinations or other medical costs. If you should need a rabies vaccination before surgery, please click HERE, for rabies vaccination clinic information.
If you or somebody you know has low or limited income, contact the Ontario County Humane Society for further information at (585) 396-4590. The forms below are available to download and complete. Completed forms can be sent to Happy Tails Animal Shelter 2976 County Road 48 Canandaigua, New York 14424 or faxed to the shelter at 585-396-4805, or emailed them to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line Spay/Neuter.
Related Links of Interest:
Eligibility for Assistance & Participating Veterinarians
Spay / Neuter Application
Frequently Asked Questions About Spaying and Neutering Your Pet
Are there any health benefits my pet will receive from having the operation? In females, the chances of uterine cancer and infections are eliminated and chances of mammary cancer are decreased. In males, testicular cancer or infection is eliminated and painful prostate problems are decreased.
Will neutering my dog turn him into a “wimp”? A dog’s natural instinct is to protect you and his territory; neutering will not change this.
Will neutering an animal make him calmer? Only maturity, exercise and good training can calm a very active young dog or cat.
Will neutering my pet cause him to become fat and lazy? No. All adult animals need fewer calories to maintain their proper weight.
What are some behavioral benefits that come from neutering a pet? Neutering decreases many unwanted behaviors. The urge to roam is lessened making animals less likely to get lost or be killed on the road. Urine marking and the urge to pick a fight are decreased and mounting behavior is eliminated.
Is the cost of surgery expensive? Considering the alternative, the surgery cost is very reasonable. The cost of raising a litter is much higher than the cost of the actual operation.
How does getting my pet spayed or neutered help my community? The procedure saves lives. Each puppy or kitten you allow your dog or cat to reproduce causes one more death of a puppy or kitten already born. Every hour in the United States, more than 2,000 dogs and 3,500 cats are born compared to 415 humans. An estimated 14 million healthy, friendly dogs and cats will be put to death because there are not enough homes for them. Ontario County is no exception. While we would like to find homes for all animals that come to the Animal Care Facility, we cannot do that. There are simply not enough homes for all pets at the shelter right now let alone those that are not born yet.