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Spay and Neuter Program

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Thousands of dogs and cats are destroyed each year in Bay County alone due to the problem of overpopulation. It is estimated that 4-6 million dogs and cats will be destroyed in shelters across the U.S. this year, of which 3,000 will be from our local shelter.

You may consider yourself a responsible pet owner, but the only sure way to keep your cat or dog from contributing to the problem is to have them spayed or neutered.

Advantages of Spay or Neuter

  • It lessons or eliminates your pet's desire to roam or get into fights.
  • In most cases, it stops tomcats from spraying urine in the house.
  • It is the most effective way to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens.
  • It eliminates bloodstains on carpets and floors during messy heat periods.
  • In a female, spaying eliminates the chances of uterine infections and reduces the chance of mammary cancer.
  • In a male, neutering eliminates the chances of testicular cancer and reduces the chances of urinary tract infection.

Spay and Neuter Myths Exposed

  • My pet will get fat. Obesity is controlled with diet and exercise, and is not determined by a surgical procedure.
  • My pet will get lazy. Exercise and play time will determine how playful your pet will be. He will also be more calm & content, thus more likely to show affection to you.
  • Surgery is dangerous. A spayed or neutered animal has a better chance of staying in good health. The surgery is common practice and extremely safe. Also, the risks involved in bearing young will be avoided.
  • It’s not natural. There hasn't been anything "natural" about dogs since we began to develop breeds thousands of years ago.
  • A female dog or cat should have at least one litter for health reasons. This is medically, factually and ethically indefensible.
  • Fixing my pet will change its personality. The main influences on an animal's personality are the kindness and care with which it is raised.

Sterilization reimbursement for animals adopted from Bay County Animal Control

Once a dog or cat has been sterilized, and the owner shows proof of sterilization to Bay County Animal Control, then the owner is eligible to receive $50 from Bay County Animal Control and up to $50 from the Humane Society of Bay County, not to exceed the cost of the sterilization, as long as funds are available.  (The amount is $35 if the animal is a feline).

Sterilization rebate for individuals with a financial need

Any Bay County resident is eligible for two $25 rebates per year, as long as funds are available.  Complete the Rebate Form that states you have a financial need.  To receive a $25 rebate, mail the form and a copy of the paid sterilization receipt, showing that you are a Bay County resident and that you had a pet sterilized within the last three months, to the Humane Society.

Note:  Pet owners may receive the $50 dog / $35 feline sterilization reimbursements OR the $25 “financial need” sterilization rebate, but not both. 

For information about low cost spay/neuter programs, call (989) 893-0451 or e-mail