In animal shelters throughout the United States, millions of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized each year because there are not enough people who want them. The cause of this widespread pet over-population is unaltered pets. Some people don’t know this, or they don’t understand that their own animals could be contributing to the problem. The way to reduce pet over-population is to prevent unwanted animals from being born.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Certificates

The Spay/Neuter Assistance program was created at Northeast Animal Shelter to advance our goal to make sure every animal we place is spayed or neutered. We send our unaltered pets to a local veterinarian whenever possible, but sometimes an animal is adopted before it can be altered. This might occur when a puppy or kitten is too young for the procedure or, if an older pet, it might be adopted soon after its arrival.

In these cases, when a pet is adopted before it can be spayed or neutered, we provide the adopter with a low-cost Spay/Neuter Certificate that is accepted by any one of the dozens of local veterinarians who participate in our Spay/Neuter program. (Note: Our Spay/Neuter Certificates are only available for pets adopted from the Shelter.)

Mother Spay Program

The Mother Spay Program was created after many years and many boxes of baby kittens being brought to the Shelter. Something needed to be done to break the never-ending cycle of unwanted animals!

So we started the Mother Spay Program. When people brought litters to us, we started providing certificates for the mother cats to be spayed, at the Shelter’s expense. This way, families are able to keep their mother cats.

Now we don’t see the same people over and over again with their litters of kittens. While there are still many kittens being born, the population is steadily decreasing.

Even though the program was designed for mother cats AND dogs, we have found that these days, very few dogs in our area are unspayed and their owners rarely need help from this program. Someday, we hope to say the same for the cat population!

Medical Intervention

For a pet to be considered adoptable it needs to be up to date on its vaccines, have a blood test, be spayed or neutered, and have recently received a checkup by a veterinarian to make sure its heart and lungs are healthy. Unfortunately, pet owners sometimes surrender their dog or cat to us and the pet has not received proper medical care. That’s why we created our Medical Intervention program — to provide dogs and cats with the medical care necessary for them to be readily adoptable.

If the pet is determined to have other health issues such as needing dental care, further surgery to correct health issues, or tests such as ultrasounds or echocardiograms, they then receive that care thanks to this program. Unfortunately, our Medical Intervention funds are limited, so each pet taken in and helped through this program is determined by a case-by-case basis.

How to obtain Spay/Neuter Assistance if your pet was not adopted from our Shelter

Northeast Animal Shelter is not able to offer low-cost Spay/Neuter Certificates for pets that are not adopted from our Shelter. Please click here to go to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s webpage that provides information on local resources for spay/neuter services at a reduced rate.

Did you know that spaying and neutering programs drastically cut down on the number of animals euthanized each year? Your support of the Shelter helps fund efforts to control overpopulation humanely.