Spay/Neuter Clinic Offers Low-Cost Options

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A mobile spay and neuter unit from the Arizona Humane Society will be stopping in Payson from Tuesday to Thursday next week.

Surgeries will be performed on a first-come-first-served basis. Dogs and cats will be examined and checked in for surgery at 7 a.m.

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The Payson Humane Society receives more than 300 kittens in the spring, many of which have diseases. Spaying and neutering clinics help reduce the number of unwanted animals, and the procedure improves the health of pets.

"We get probably over 300 kittens in just the springtime," said Kim Garza, cat supervisor at the Payson Humane Society.

Garza said the mobile clinics help the pet population at the humane society, which receives between 1,500 and 2,000 animals per year.

"It could put us out of business if (owners) fixed their animals," said Janet Ostrom, administrative supervisor at the Payson Humane Society.

For pets to be spayed or neutered, they must meet a number of requirements. All pets must be at least 2 months old, under 5 years old and weigh at least 2 1/2 pounds.

The surgeries can prevent diseases in pets, make them more docile and prevent them from running away from home, Ostrom said.

"I think (dogs) are more loyal when they're fixed," she said. "And with those hormones gone, we can put them with other dogs. It makes them more friendly."

Spaying and neutering pets can cost more than $100 at some places. The mobile clinic will offer the surgeries as low as $25.

"A lot of people can't afford to get their pets fixed, so these mobile clinics help a lot," Garza said.

Prior to surgery, pets must not have any food or water for 12 hours. Pets will be able to go home the same day, but must be kept indoors.

All dogs must be on a leash, and cats must arrive in carriers or pillowcases.

What: Arizona Humane Society Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit

When: Tuesday, June 29 to Thursday, July 1

Where: Bashas' at 142 E. Highway 260

Cost:

Female cats: $35

Male cats: $25

Female dogs: $55-$65

Male dogs: $45

Information: Call Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590

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