Most of the dogs we rehabilitate come to us unspayed or neutered and that is the main reasons they are wandering the streets, they are looking for love. Part of our mission is to educate and spread awareness about pet laws and about low cost spay and neuter programs available to the public.
There are approximately 8,500 loose dogs on the streets of Dallas. One female dog can produce 512 dogs over a 3 year period. One rescued /spay or neutered dog does makes a huge impact over the lifetime of the dog.
Where to look for local low cost or free spay/neuter assistance:
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) offers low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm tests and heartworm/flea/tick preventative.
SPCA of Texas has two clinics in Dallas and one in McKinney. The focus is low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, annual exams, vaccines, heartworm preventive and preventative care.
As part of the SPCA of Texas’ Community Pet Program South Dallas Initiative, these 23 zip codes are eligible for FREE spay, neuter, vaccinations, and microchipping: 75116, 75134, 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75226, 75227, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75253, 75228 and 752491. Call the main number for an appointment: 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Big Fix for Big D offers free spay/neuter, vaccinations and registration for dogs and cats in select Dallas zip codes (may be temporality on hold).
The Spay and Neuter Network offers low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm tests and heartworm/flea/tick preventative and also offers free spay and neuter to the 23 southern zip codes: 75116, 75134, 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75226, 75227, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75253, 75228 and 75249
Vaccination Station provides low cost vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention and flea control. The vaccination station rotates locations so click the link to view the schedule.
Live in Fort Worth? The North Texas Humane Society will fix your owned dog or cat for free.
North Texas Spay Neuter Coalition 1 (877) FIX-SPOT firstname.lastname@example.org
Feral Friends (972) 671-0429 www.feralfriends.org
Penny Paws – Offers easily accessible basic healthcare needs for cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. They can vaccinated against major canine and feline diseases, including Rabies, and test for Heartworm disease, Microchipping, nails trimming, and prescription medications to prevent Heartworm disease and flea/ticks are also available.
City of Dallas Pet ownership Laws:
Check out of link to pet ownership laws and downloadable flyers to help your neighbors understand the law and keep their pets in compliance.
More fun facts from the ASPCA:
Between 3 and 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year simply because they do not have homes.
- Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets. Strays can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents and scare people, so the reduction is a plus.
- There are many health benefits to spaying and neutering your dogs, cats and rabbits! Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
- 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.
- Many unneutered pets have aggression problems and often mark their territory with strong-scented urine, which can make the household unbearable. Early neutering can nix aggression.
- Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as early as 2 months of age.
- Spay/neuter surgeries will lead to a decrease in the euthanasia rate and increase the live release rate (the number of animals that leave the shelter alive) of animals. Research shows that each canine sterilization reduces shelter intake by .72 dogs, and each feline sterilization reduces shelter intake by .57 cats.
- Spay/neuter surgeries can only be performed by licensed veterinarians.
- High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN) programs are efficient surgical initiatives that meet or exceed current veterinary medical standards of care in providing accessible, targeted sterilization of large numbers of dogs and cats in order to reduce their overpopulation and subsequent euthanasia.