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Animal Friends has low cost spay/neuter program for pets


Animal Friends is offering low-cost spay/neuter services so local pet owners can afford to provide their pets with this important surgery.

They are urging all pet owners to take advantage of low-cost spay/neuter services. Call 1-800-SPAY-PGH to apply.

Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) prevents dogs, cats and rabbits from breeding and producing litters. Both are surgical procedures, performed by a licensed veterinarian while the animal is under anesthesia. In addition to preventing the births of unwanted litters, spaying and neutering:

• reduces the pet's risk of cancer and infection, such as prostate, testicular and mammary cancers and uterine infections

• eliminates the mating drive, making pets more relaxed companions

• makes pets less likely to run away

• helps curb unwanted behaviors such as aggression, urine marking territories, roaming, fighting, mounting and howling

Animal Friends offers subsidized spay and neuter services for low-income pet owners, plus special pricing for Pit Bulls and feral cats.

Spaying and neutering is also critical to ending pet overpopulation. Over 20,000 unwanted pets are euthanized every year in Allegheny County alone. A single spay surgery can save 55 unwanted animals from being born.

Make plans to spay or neuter a pet as soon as it's adopted. Call Animal Friends at 1-800-SPAY-PGH.


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