PUBLIC ANIMAL SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES
The Florida Keys SPCA is pleased to offer low-cost spay and neuter services to all residents between mile markers 0 and 70 of the Florida Keys, regardless of household income. Prices of services are as follows:
- Dog Neuter = $95 (includes surgery, rabies vaccination, microchip, e-collar)
- Dog Spay= $120 (includes surgery, rabies vaccination, microchip, e-collar)
- Cat Neuter = $65 (includes surgery, rabies vaccination, microchip)
- Cat Spay= $70 (includes surgery, rabies vaccination, microchip)
- Some prices are subject to change in cases of more invasive surgeries (pregnancy, in heat, cryptorchid, etc.), or pulling of retained baby teeth.
- Pitbulls and Pit mixes will be spayed/neutered and given a rabies vaccination at no cost to the owner through our Pit Fix Program. $20 for microchip and $10 for e-collar will apply.
Spay and neuter services are available by appointment only. To schedule a surgery appointment, the pet owner must come to the Florida Keys SPCA during office hours to fill out paperwork and leave a $20 deposit. Proof of residency may be requested at this time (i.e. valid photo ID or utility bill). Please call the office at 305-294-4857 for more information.
On the day of your pet’s appointment, check in time will be between 8:30 and 10:00am. Things to keep in mind before check-in:
- Pets should not have any food or water past midnight the night before surgery.
- For the safety of your pet and others’ pets, cats MUST arrive in a sturdy carrier, and dogs MUST be on a leash.
- Dogs should be wearing a clasping collar to which we can attach an e-collar after surgery (no choker collars, slip-on collars, or harnesses).
- If your pet is already up to date on a rabies vaccination, you will be asked to show the rabies certificate at time of check-in or before.
Owners will be notified when surgery is complete and their pet is ready to be picked up. Your pet must be picked up the same day as surgery and cannot stay at the shelter overnight. Post-op care instructions will be given to you at time of pickup.
FERAL CAT TRAP-NEUTER-RELEASE
Community members between mile markers 0 and 70 are eligible to have feral cats spayed and neutered through our Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) clinic at no cost. TNR services are available by appointment only. To schedule a TNR appointment, the trapper must come to the Florida Keys SPCA during office hours to fill out paperwork and discuss available TNR slots. Trapper should be prepared to house the trapped cat overnight before surgery in a warm and enclosed area. Feral cats CANNOT be dropped off and held at the shelter before surgery day.
Humane traps are available for rental at the shelter. To rent, a check must be made out to the FKSPCA for $75. This check will be held with your rental application and returned to the trapper when the trap is brought back to the shelter.
On the day of your TNR appointment, check in time will be between 8:30 and 10:00am. Things to keep in mind before check-in:
- Cats MUST arrive in a secure trap with newspaper.
- Water and food should be removed from the trap before check-in, if possible.
- Cats will be altered, given a rabies vaccination, and a notch in their right ear.
Trappers will be notified when surgery is complete and cat is ready to be picked up. Cat must be picked up the same day as surgery and cannot stay at the shelter overnight. Please call the office at 305-294-4857 for more information.
WHY SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET?
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the U.S. with too many animals ending up in shelters across our country. It is estimated that 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year. Only about half of those animals will find homes. The other half will be euthanized. Spaying and neutering is the most important step we can take to end the suffering and to improve the lives of companion animals.
- Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when the pet is spayed before the first heat.
- Neutering eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and the incidence of prostate disease.
- Neutering makes a male cat less likely to spray and mark territory.
- Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
- Most importantly, you will be helping to fight the devastating effect of pet overpopulation.
SPAY/NEUTER FACT AND FICTION
MYTH: Female pets should have one heat or one litter before being spayed.
FACT: According the American Veterinary Medical Association, having a litter does not benefit your female cat or dog. In fact, spaying your cat or dog before her first heat can greatly reduce their risk of breast cancer. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
MYTH: Spay and neuter surgeries are risky.
FACT: Just as with people, there are risks involved with any surgery but the overall incidence of complications is very low. Altering your pet eliminates the risks of certain diseases such as ovarian or testicular cancer as well as lowering the incidence of mammary cancer in females. It also lowers the risk of being hit by cars as unneutered males are more likely to roam away from home.
MYTH: I will find a home for all the kittens or puppies in my pet’s litter.
FACT: While you may find a home for all the kittens or puppies in your pet’s litter, each one means one less home available for an animal waiting in a shelter. Additionally, consider if your pet’s puppies and kittens also end up having puppies and kittens. Will all of these animals find homes?
MYTH: My pet is a purebred, surely her puppies won’t be turned into a shelter.
FACT: Approximately one-fourth of the animals brought to shelters in the U.S. are purebred. The simple fact is that more animals are born than there are homes for them – both mixed and purebred.
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.
MYTH: My pet is so wonderful. I want to have a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: Any parent knows that your children are not going to be carbon copies of yourself. The same is true for your pet. Even professional breeders know this. Besides, there are lots of very special shelter pets waiting for homes.
To make an appointment please call 305-294-4857
Monday through Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm