Spay/neuter remains the most effective method to reduce animal intake and euthanasia. Please do your part to help decrease the number of dogs and cats entering local shelters.
Maricopa County Animal Care & Control spays or neuters all dogs and cats that we adopt out, but we do not provide spay/neuter services to owned animals. We do, however, partner with several groups to provide spay/neuter services. Please visit Animal Defense League of Arizona or Fix.Adopt.Save. to find clinics that provide affordable spay/neuter services in your area.
Spaying/neutering benefits pets in a number of ways.
- Spaying prevents uterine infections and breast cancer in female dogs and cats; neutering prevents testicular cancer in male dogs and cats.
- Neutered dogs and cats are less aggressive; studies show that most dog bites involve dogs that have not been altered.
- The cost of paying for spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens.