Finding financial help to get your pet spayed or neutered – Part 1

A fertile female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in one year. Approximately four million unwanted dogs are euthanized every year. So, it is very important to have your dog fixed’. But what are you to do if you cannot afford this procedure?

The expenses of pet ownership should be considered carefully before anyone adopts or buys a dog. However, unforseen circumstances such as illness or unemployment may arise that make it impossible to afford the pet care they once could. Happily there is help for people and their pets when this happens.

Many animal rescue groups, such as the ASPCA and the Humane Society offer neutering and spaying clinics’ and will perform the procedures free or at a reduced cost once or twice a year. Contact the animal agencies in your area and find out if these services are available or at least find out if they can help in some way.

Here are a couple of links to get you started:

http://www.almosthometn.net/

http://www.proddogs.org/Pages /Services/financial.html

Our vet performs a limited number of free surgeries and procedures each year as a volunteer service. Call your vet and ask if he does this too or offers extended payment plans. Our vet has always told us not to let concern over his bill take precidence over an animal’s well being. Vets have huge overhead costs and cannot offer free services at will, they may be able to charge you for their expenses and this can cut the cost in half.

Rescue groups that devote their time, talent and money to specific breeds also often help with spaying and neutering costs. Nearly every breed, Yorkshire terriers, Golden Retrievers, Pugs and just about every breed imaginable have devoted people who care for the breed. Call your breeds’ rescue organization and they may be able to help financially or find a vet who will help. They often offer aid even if your dog is only a partial breed that they focus on.

Are there dog lovers in your family or circle of friends? If there are there’s a good chance that they are very aware of the importance of having dogs fixed and may be willing to either pay for the procedure or at least lend you the money, or pitch in for part of it. You’ll never know unless you ask.

In the long run, having your female dog spayed will save you money. Unless you can guarantee she will not encounter a male while she is in heat, she will quite likely become pregnant. The expenses of insuring a healthy pregnancy and healthy puppies can add up to much more than having her fixed. And then, of course you’ll have the puppies to find a home for, and if you don’t you’ll have those offspring that will need to be spayed and neutered

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