Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter

 We encourage all pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.

Momma cat with her kittens

Homelessness is the No. 1 cause of death for dogs and cats.

On average, 64% of animals taken into shelters nationwide have to be euthanized for lack of available homes

For every person born in the United States, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born.

It’s simple math. There just aren’t enough loving homes for all of these animals.

You can help end this tragedy with one small but significant action -- prevent a litter by having your pet sterilized.

Financial Assistance Available
Clatsop Animal Assistance Inc. offers financial assistance to county residents to help spay or neuter or for emergency care for their pets. For information, call the shelter at (503) 861-0737.

Spay and Neuter Association, a nonprofit group dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation, offers discount surgery certificates accepted by all local veterinarians to residents of Clatsop County. The group raises money through donations of items for resale in its volunteer-run thrift shop. Discount certificates can be picked up at the Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop at 600 Broadway, along the Riverwalk in Seaside. For more information call (503) 738-7040.

Graphic showing for every person born in the United States, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born.

  • For every person born in the United States, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born.
  • In just six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.
  • In seven years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

About the Surgery
The surgery is routine, has health benefits for the animal, and should be done regardless of the sex of the animal. Neutering is a simple surgery performed by a veterinarian to remove an animal's reproductive organs.

Sterilized pets generally lead longer and healthier lives. Spaying female animals greatly reduces the incident of breast cancer and eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer. Spaying a female before her first heat, instead of after one litter, further reduces these health risks.

Neutering a male animal eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.

Neutering your pet provides many other practical benefits. Your pet is more content and far less likely to roam, bit, scratch and mark territory.

Contrary to popular belief, spaying or neutering does not make your pet fat and lazy. Any animal given too much food and too little exercise can become overweight. Your pet's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.