The Arizona Humane Society's Mobile Spay/Neuter & Animal Wellness Center is in Payson through Thursday of this week.
The clinic, located in the Bashas' parking lot, is accepting animals each day on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7 a.m. Male cats are $25 and male dogs are $45. Female cats are $35 and female dogs are $55-$65.
"People need to keep in mind the consequences of not having their pets spayed or neutered," shelter manager Diane Fitzpatrick said.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, they include:
- Every day in the U.S., tens of thousands of puppies and kittens are born. Compare this to the 11,000 human births each day, and you can see that there can never be enough homes for all these pets.
- Medical evidence indicates that it's not better to have one litter first. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
- Dogs and cats that are not spayed or neutered are subject to a number of health problems that can be difficult or expensive to treat. Spaying eliminates uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer.
- Animals that are not spayed or neutered are more likely to bite and to exhibit more behavior and temperament problems.
With adoptions sluggish, the dog population is on the increase at the shelter, Fitzpatrick said.
"We have 72 dogs, and capacity is 45," she said. "We double up when we can."
Several of the 72 dogs are available free, either because their previous owners are sponsoring them, or because they were featured as the free dog in the Payson Roundup, but not adopted.
Normal adoption fees for dogs are $25 if already spayed or neutered and $50 with a free spay/neuter certificate if not.
The free kitten offer was a big success, with a total of 49 kittens finding new homes during the month of July. By comparison, only 26 kittens were adopted in July 2002.
The free kitten offer was made possible with the help of an $800 donation from Thrivant, a senior citizens group, and $1,050 in gift certificates from Mazatzal Casino.
While the free kitten offer is over, the shelter still has a half-price sale on kittens. The adoption fee during the offer is $25. The shelter currently has 70 cats, 54 of which are kittens.
For more information on adopting an animal, on the spay/neuter clinic, or to arrange to borrow a pet carrier for the clinic, call the Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590. Shelter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.