World Spay Day and Healthy Start give pet families new options

One of the things you can do to tackle your community's pet overpopulation issue is to get your pet spayed or neutered. If you look at the number of puppies, kittens and young cats and dogs left behind at animal control, it's not hard to recognize the drop in numbers if more families took advantage of various spay and services offered for their pets. It's a good month to take action because World Spay Day tomorrow and February is National Spay and Neuter Month.

That translates into some great deals for people who have been putting off getting their pet altered or tackling the feral cat issue in their neck of the woods. There are also some other programs available all year round offering spay and neuter services and also vaccination services. Here are some options available to those of any income through the end of the month.

World Spay Day

Tree House Humane Society be celebrating with a spay-a-thon for World Spay Day and offering free spay/neuter surgeries for 50 free-roaming cats. Cats must be brought in traps and be dropped off and picked up the same day at the BVDM Spay and Neuter Clinic. There is a limit of 5 cats per person by appointment only.

World Spay Day

Tree House Humane Society is offering free spay/neuter services for 50 feral cats on World Spay Day.

Low-cost spay and neuter options

Here are some options during February and beyond.

  • During February, Cook County offers a $40 rebate to county residents with proof of residency (and proof that your pet has had a rabies shot). The rebate may be turned into participating veterinarians offices and various clinics.
  • Also during February, Tree House Humane Society is offering low-cost services to everyone as part of the rebate program.  Free roaming cats are free. Surgeries are greatly reduced for everyone else thanks to the rebate.
  • Fox Valley Animal Welfare League's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is offering $5 neuter surgeries for male cats on Thursday, February in honor of World Spay Day. Call 630-800-2254 for an appointment.
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society also offers low-cost services all the time (free for feral cats).
  • PAWS Chicago offers free options to those on Mediplan and low-cost options for those living in certain zip codes. They also have the Gus Mobile, a spay and neuter mobile that travels around neighborhoods on the south side providing surgeries.

Healthy Start

Pets Are Like Family is a non-profit that works with families to provide them with information about pet care and services to help keep pets and families together. They are currently partnering with Tree House Humane Society to offer the Healthy Start Program. Pets will get their initial vaccinations and spay or neuter taken care of by PALF at the Tree House Humane Society’s MacLean Spay/Neuter Clinic. Families need to live in the targeted neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin and there are a limited number of spots in the program.

Vaccination Services

If you live in and around Will County, you may stop by Timberline Animal Hospital at 950 Northeast Frontage Road in Joliet between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 2.

Other services

There are a lot of other great services to help families in Chicago beyond World Spay Day and National Spay and Neuter Month. For a good round up, check out the column from my fellow blogger Tatiana Garret in Tatiana’s Tails from Friday. She has an update about programs offered by The Anti-Cruelty Society and other organizations.

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