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Spay and Neuter

Animal shelters, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.

Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.

Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.

A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter is not currently set up to handle on-site spay and neuters.  However, we do offer low cost spay and neuter vouchers to significantly lower the cost of a surgery.  The voucher lists the names and numbers of local vets who are available to complete the surgery for you.  Please contact us at 228.466.4516 to get more information about our vouchers, or stop by and see us.  We are located off of highway 603 on Texas Flat Road.

OR contact FRIENDS at 228-216-PETS and ask about their Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.

Be a responsible pet owner, do the right thing and get your pet spayed or neutered today. Only spaying and neutering can end the overpopulation problem.