Spaying | Neutering

Spay/neutering is the surgical removal of organs essential to animal reproduction.

Why You Should Spay | Neuter Your Pet

The most important reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to control the pet population, help prevent roaming and reduce animal aggression. By law, every dog and cat adopted from our shelter must be spayed or neutered.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

So you're thinking about adopting a pet? Pets can be a wonderful addition to your life. To be sure you are ready for a pet, take a few minutes to answer the following questions:

  • After a long day at work, do you have the energy it takes to exercise a housebound dog?
  • Are you allowed to have a pet where you live?
  • Are you financially prepared for the cost of a veterinarian, high-quality pet food and pet supplies?
  • Are you ready to make a commitment to a pet for its entire life?
  • Are you willing to keep the cat indoors?
  • Can you afford the time it takes to groom a pet? Can you afford a professional groomer, if needed?
  • Can you tolerate a kitten or cat scratching on furniture or carpeting?
  • Do you have the patience and discipline to retrain your pet if it has bad habits?
  • Do you have the patience and discipline to train a cat to scratch on a carpet-covered post?
  • Do you know and understand the characteristics of the breed you want?
  • If you adopt a cat, will you be ready to keep a litter box in your home?
  • If you adopt a puppy, do you have the time to house-train it?
  • If you get a puppy, can you put up with chewing, crying or whining during the teething stage?
  • If you go on vacation, who will take care of your pet?
  • Is it okay if the animal digs in your backyard?
  • Is your yard large enough to accommodate a pet?
  • What about the cost and time for obedience training?
  • Will other pets in your home get along with a new one?