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September 21, 2018

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – At what cost spaying and neutering?


Dear Porky and Buddy,
All of my pets are spayed or neutered because I am a firm believer in the importance of having that done. But I know people who have not had it done and when I nag them about it, which I do all the time without apology, they sometimes tell me that the only thing keeping them from getting it done is the cost.

So my question is, are there programs out there to help with the cost of spaying and neutering? Does the Humane Society have any programs? What can I tell them that would be more helpful than just guilt?
Tony

Dear Tony,
Thank you for being a busybody and a nag.

We need more people like you on this really important issue. We also have no problem with guilt. Whatever works.

The first thing to suggest is that they just call their own vet and ask if there are any options available through the vet’s office.

Most veterinarians do not work on the installment plan, obviously, but many have access to outside financing sources  (Care Credit is one.) that they can refer clients too and sometimes even assist with.

If that doesn’t work, then yes the Oswego County Humane Society has a spay/neuter clinic for cats in low income households.

But it is a small part time clinic with a long waiting list and families must meet income qualifications to get on the list.

You can find out more by calling the office at 315-207-1070.

If waiting is not an option, or a family does not meet the income restrictions, there is a program in Syracuse called Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS for short) that provides low-cost services. You can find out more at their website www.spayandneutersyracuse.org or by calling 315-422-7970.

And finally the national organization, Friends of Animals, offers reduced price certificates for spaying and neutering at participating veterinarians.

You can find local vets who will accept the certificates at www.friendsofanimals.org or by calling them at 1-800-321-7387.

As you can see, there are options out there.

We hope everyone spreads the word about these very important services.

Better yet, how about adopting a pet that is already neutered, so you don’t have to worry about that expense?

For a mere pittance, $50 for an older cat and $75 for a kitten, you can find your new lap warmer to get you through the winter, that we all know is coming, at the Humane Society’s upcoming adoption day on October 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oswego Armory, West First Street.

You can check out the Humane Society’s booth at Pumpkinfest and then come across the river to find the new love of your life.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Because people & pets are good for each other.

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