Save a Life…Spay or Neuter Your Pet
The Lawrence Humane Society believes spaying or neutering your dog or cat is part of responsible pet ownership. Every pet owner should have access to spay and neuter services, regardless of income. That’s why our expert team of veterinarians are proud to offer low-cost spay/neuter for lower-income families.
When you come to Lawrence Humane Society to spay or neuter your pet, you’ll only have to make one visit. There is no pre-surgical visit and you do not need to come back for stitch removal, as we use fully dissolvable sutures. You will be able to leave with your dog or cat the same day you bring them!
To schedule an appointment for your pet, please call our Pet Resource Center at 785-371-0473.
*no changes to pricing for age or size of the animal
- Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old
- Please do not feed your pet after 8pm the night before your spay or neuter appointment.
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet (from ASPCA):
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
- Your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
- Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
Debunking Myths (from Humane Society International):
- Myth: An animal needs to have a litter/one heat before sterilization. Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
- Myth: It’s not natural to spay/neuter and will upset my dog or cat. Fact: The domestication of animals removed them from the “natural order” and placed responsibility for their care with humans. Applying human emotions to animals is neither realistic nor applicable when it comes to identifying a need for sterilization.
- Myth: I want my dog to be protective. Fact: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
- Myth: I do not want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male. Fact: Pets do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He does not suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
- Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy. Fact: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and do not give them enough exercise.
- Myth: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her. Fact: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have little chance of being an exact copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are homeless pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.
Trimming Animal Overpopulation (from PetSmart):