Love your pet..... spay/neuter

Pets In Need Action League

Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed (Female) or Neutered (Male)?

It's the Responsible Thing to Do!

Shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden. Not only that, it's better for your pet's health!

If you are ready to do the responsible thing for your pet(s), find below several low-cost options for spay/neuter service in our community and surrounding areas. If you have reservations or misconceptions about the procedure, please continue to learn the facts.

In other words, it packs a powerful punch in the fight against pet overpopulation!!
Over half of the pets that entered a Pinal County shelter were euthanized last year. Spaying and neutering is the most effective way to control pet homelessness in our community.

If you are not spaying or neutering your pet(s) and allowing them to breed for any reason, you are contributing to PET OVERPOPULATION!

Your female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent breast cancer and pyometra, a dangerous infection of the uterus. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary greatly, female cats can go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. Dogs can go into heat every 6 months.
Your male animal companion will live a longer, healthier life, too.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
Your neutered male won't need to roam away from home...
An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to find one including digging his way under or jumping over the fence. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
...and he will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. A neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as an unneutered dog - and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
Spaying or neutering is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. Find a low-cost option from our Spay/Neuter Resources below.
...and the Myths?
Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds, not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. There are countless books, videos and Humane Education classes available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.

Portions of the above text have been adapted from:

Fix. Adopt. Save

Find a low-cost spay/neuter clinic or service:

Below are some of the most economical options in and near Pinal County.

Low-Cost Local Spay/Neuter Options
Pets In Need Action League Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (open to low income Pinal County residents only)
Extremely low cost spay/neuter is available through our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.
Pets In Need Action League strives to make spay/neuter accessible and affordable for low-income pet parents in Pinal County with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, WIC, or public housing. Those receiving unemployment benefits may also qualify.
Spay/Neuter Fees for Cats and Dogs:
If you qualify for this program, you will pay $50.00 per surgery.
("Extra" services, such as take home pain medication, vaccinations, microchipping, etc., are available at additional cost through our participating veterinary service providers on the day of surgery).
To apply, please complete our
Spay/Neuter Assistance Application
or our
Spay/Solicitud de Asistencia Neuter [Spanish version].
Here are the qualification criteria for obtaining assistance through this program.
To apply for our Feral Cats Spay/Neuter program, please complete our
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Application
Please note:
Our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program is not open to dogs or cats in rescue or foster care.
Casa Grande Animal Care & Control
202 E. First Avenue
Casa Grande, AZ
This is a voicemail system, so please leave a detailed message.
This program is only available for Pinal County residents with a Casa Grande, AZ address, including those outside the city limits.
The City of Casa Grande has a low-cost spay/neuter program. Contact Animal Control for more information.
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics in Nearby Communities:
Spay Neuter Clinic - Mesa
925 South Gilbert Road Suite #112 (Gilbert Road north of Southern Ave.)
Mesa, AZ 85204
480-633-1734 Call for appointment, and see website for current fees.
Spay Neuter Clinic - Chandler
2040 South Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-633-1734 Call for appointment, and see website for current fees and schedule.
AZ Humane Society
Margaret McAllister Brock Clinic
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
602-997-7585 Ext. 4000
Driving Directions
Marge Wright Veterinary Clinic
1311 W. Hatcher Road
Phoenix, AZ 85021
602-997-7585 Ext. 4000
Driving Directions
Call for details, locations and appointments; see website for current fees and special promotions.
Altered Tails
Altered Tails - Phoenix Clinic
950 W. Hatcher Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Altered Tails - Mesa Clinic
7246 E Main St., Suite 3
Mesa, AZ 85207

Other Spay/Neuter Resources

Animal Defense League of Arizona's Spay NeuterHotline
Phoenix: 602-265-SPAY (7729)
Tucson: 520-624-SPAY (7729)
Statewide: 866-952-SPAY (7729)
Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Grant
(for individual applicants)