Saving Lives, One Animal at a TimeIn 2013, Pals for Paws spayed/neutered over 2,500 animals. Why you should spay and neuter your pet:
Each year, an estimated 4-6 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more die by injury, poisoning, starvation, exposure, and disease. Most of these victims are the unwanted offspring of family pets. Not spaying or neutering your pet comes at a great cost, including the $2 million spent by U.S. tax payers each year to round up, house, kill, and disposed of homeless animals. Only you can stop the suffering that results from pet overpopulation.
Spay or neuter your pet today!
Peace of MindMales: neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. Males who are NOT neutered, often roam in search of a mate. This can result in traffic injuries and fights with other males. A male who is NOT neutered may embarrass you by mounting the furniture or a human leg when stimulated. Males who have been neutered are just as protective. Having your male neutered can avoid aggression problems early on.
Females: When in heat, females exhibit signs for four or five days such as yowling and frequent urination, sometimes all over the house, advertising for a mate. A female dog in heat can attract a male from great distances. Female dogs in heat generally have a bloody discharge for about a week and can continue to conceive for another week or so after that.
Good MedicineA spayed or neutered animal will live a longer and healthier life. Neutering a male cat or dog by six months of age prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease and hernias. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (a pus filled uterus) and breast cancer. Spaying before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, IV fluids, antibiotics, and spaying. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. With an older, seriously ill animal, anesthesia and surgery are complicated and costly.
Responsible CareYou can help prevent the suffering and death of millions of animals. Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving more than a few years on their own, strays die painfully either from starvation, freezing, disease, or being hit by cars.
Low Cost Vet Care OptionsThe Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is located next to the Humane Society for Hamilton County. For information regarding their products and services or to make an appointment, please call (317) 706-0537 or visit their website at www.LowCostClinic.org. Please note that the Humane Society and the Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic are operated separately and have different hours of operations.
The FACE Clinic is located in downtown Indianapolis at 1505 Massachusetts Avenue. To schedule an appointment, call (317) 638- FACE (317) 638-3223 between 9:30a.m. and 4:30p.m. Monday through Thursday. FACE offers a limited number of free spay/neuter surgeries based on financial need and availability. They also offer FREE spay/neuters for dogs in "high risk" categories such as Pit Bulls. Visit their website at http://www.facespayneuter.org/ for additional information.
Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc. (SNSI) provides low cost spay/neuter solutions for those who financially qualify. You may pick up applications at the shelter or download them from the SNSI website provided below. Please note the fee required for application is $20.00 and should be paid to SNSI. For information on the SNSI program, income requirements and how to apply for a certificate, please visit their website at www.SpayNeuterServices.org. If you have questions regarding the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program offered through SNSI, you can call (317) 788-6330.