Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important decisions you can make. Over the last decade, MCACC shelters have seen intake numbers decrease. And while MCACC shelters receive about 100 dogs and cats every day, it is a dramatic reduction from 10 years ago. We attribute the reduction to spay and neuter efforts across the Valley and encourage everyone to have their dog or cat altered. For more information and resources, visit https://www.fixadoptsave.org/.
Why Spay or Neuter?
In addition to helping reduce our community's pet homelessness problem, studies have show that spayed/neutered pets benefit in a number of ways.
Healthier pets - spaying prevents uterine infections and breast cancer in female dogs and cats; neutering prevents testicular cancer in male dogs and cats.
Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to roam in search of a mate.
Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to mark their territory.
Neutered dogs and cats are less aggressive; studies show that most dog bites involve dogs that have not been altered.
The cost of paying for spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens.
Spaying and neutering will help reduce the number of animals being euthanized in Maricopa County.
Cannot afford spay/neuter services for your pet at home? Please email us at MCAnimalCare@mail.maricopa.gov. We may be able to assist you and your pet.