Columbus Lowndes Humane Society

50 Airline Road  •  Columbus, MS 39702  •  (662) 327-3107 phone  •  (662) 798-0063 fax  •  Find Us on Facebook

Spay/Neuter

The CLHS offers a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program for anyone receiving government assistance. Qualifying programs include Medicaid, Food Stamps, WIC, Disability, Social Security Disability, Aid to families with Dependent Children, CHIPS, or if you are a current college student. If you qualify, come to the shelter prepay and fill out the consent form and we will make you an appointment.

Spay / Neuter Pricing:

Dogs: $45 (if over 70 pounds will be more depending on weight)

Cats: $35

What to expect:

To make an appointment you need to come to CLHS and prepay for your appointment and fill out your surgery consent form. When we have an appointment date we will call you to confirm that date.

Pre-surgery instructions include:

- Do not allow your pet to eat after 10pm the night before the surgery. Water is ok.
- Bring in outside or confine outside pets the night before to prevent them from getting into food or running off.
- Please ensure your pet is free of fleas and ticks. This is for the protection of the other pets in the shelter. Your pet will not be able to be bathed or groomed for 10-14 days after surgery.
- Let CLHS know if your pet is showing any signs of sickness.
- All dogs MUST be brought in on a leash. If your dog is aggressive, make sure to have a muzzle on him/her before entering the shelter.
- All cats MUST be brought in to the shelter in a carrier. Each cat should have its own carrier.

Day of surgery:

Please arrive at 8:00am (no later than 8:15am) on the day of your pet’s appointment. All surgeries will be completed and you can pick your pet up between 4:00-5:00pm that same day. All pets MUST be picked up by 5:00 that same day!

Why spay/neuter?

There are many reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered. The top three are Pet Overpopulation, Health Benefits for your pet, and Behavioral Benefits for your pet.

• Pet Overpopulation:

- The U.S. has a severe pet overpopulation crisis and the ONLY way to prevent this is to spay and neuter.

- 6-8 million pets enter animal shelters each year.

- 3-4 million pets are euthanized in those shelters.

- Every summer, CLHS experiences “kitten season”, in which hundreds of kittens flood the shelter at once. Most of these kittens are born at the same time because cats breed based on the weather; long days and warm weather are their triggers that it is time to have kittens.

- Spay/Neuter is the ONLY way we will be able to overcome the pet overpopulation crisis that plagues our nation.

• Heath Benefits include:

- Spay and Neutered pets are less likely to roam, which in turn decreases lifetime emergency veterinary costs due to lessened chances of being hit by a car or the pet going missing.

- Spayed and Neutered pets live an average of 2 years longer than unfixed pets.

- Spay and Neuter reduces and totally eliminates some forms of cancers and certain types of infections that can be life threatening.

- Spay and Neuter eliminates the health risks associated with a female pet giving birth.

• Behavioral Benefits include:

- Spayed and Neutered pets are less likely to roam, decreasing their chances of being hit by a car or go missing.

- Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to take part in nuisance behaviors like mounting, urine marking, and yowling.

- Spayed female cats and dogs do not go through the messy heat cycles.

- Spay and Neuter can reduce or eliminate fighting between male cats and aggression in dogs.

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