Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year in shelters across the country simply because there aren’t enough homes. If everyone would just spay or neuter their pet, we could put an end to overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia permanently. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are plenty of free and low-cost spay/neuter programs in the Metroplex. Here are just a few:
Kaufman County Animal Awareness Program – KCAAP offers low-cost spay and neuter services every day, plus a variety of special programs for disadvantaged residents, multiple pet owners, feral cats, and more. Located in Crandall, they offer once-a-month pickups in Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Canton, Wylie, Rockwall, and more. All the details are on their website at www.spayneuternet.org, or call (972) 472-3500.
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection – TCAP also offers everyday low prices on spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, as well as special programs offering $ 20 spay surgeries, and free surgeries for puppies and pit bulls. TCAP has locations in Denton, Fort Worth and Burleson with transportation available from Arlington, Azle, Irving, Plano, Hillsboro, Richland Hills, McKinney, and more. Find out which programs fit your needs on their website at www.texasforthem.org, or call 940-566-5551. In Fort Worth, call 817-837-4500. In Burleson, call 817-426-3777.
SPCA of Texas – The SPCA offers low-cost spay and neuter, as well as vaccinations and wellness services at both their South Dallas and McKinney locations. A list of available services and prices, as well as directions to their clinics, can be found on their website at www.spca.org or call 214.742.7722.
Metroplex Animal Coalition provides vouchers for free spays and neuters for Dallas residents living in certain zip codes who make less than $ 35,000/year. The coupons can be used are many area veterinary clinics. For more information, visit their website at www.metroplexanimalcoalition.com or call 972-669-5000.
City of Dallas – The City of Dallas provides vouchers for free spay/neuter services for pets of low-income Dallas residents who are on public assistance. The vouchers can be used at select veterinary clinics. Visit the Dallas Animal Services website at www.dallasanimalservices.org or call 214-670-8246 for more information.
The Humane Society of North Texas provides a limited spay/neuter program for residents in the Fort Worth area. Special programs are periodically available for qualified low-income residents and senior citizens. For more information, visit their website at www.hsnt.org or call 817-332-4768.
If none of the above programs works for you, contact the folks at Spay Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) and they may be able to send you a coupon to have your pet altered at a participating vet for a reduced cost. Call 214-340-SNYP (7697) or visit their website at www.dfwsnyp.com.
There are other options as well – some are for owned pets, multiple pets, seniors, or even feral cats. You’ll find many on the Metroplex Animal Coalition website, or just call your local City shelter or humane society. They can usually help you find a program that fits your needs.
Pick up the phone and make the call now. According to American Humane, spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a happier, healthier, longer life – and you’ll be doing your part to end pet overpopulation as well.
Have you already spayed or neutered your pets? Share this article with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to take advantage of the resources available, or consider donating to one of the programs above and help someone else who might not be able to afford it.
Do you know of another free or low-cost spay/neuter program in the DFW area? Let us know in the comments.
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