Spay & Neuter
Spaying and neutering pets prevents hundreds of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats from entering our Valley shelters. Through our free spay and neuter program, we provided 2,696 free surgeries in 2018. This service is critical to saving thousands of lives in Maricopa County and reducing euthanasia in our shelters. It’s the most cost-effective way to support families and save pets.
Last year, we also rolled out a new update to the free spay and neuter program. The Arizona Pet Project now provides free vaccinations and pays for e-collars and post operation pain medication to ensure there is no cost barrier to families with pets who need preventive care services most. Though this has led to a decrease in the number of surgeries we provide annually, we strongly feel it’s a critical step in ensuring access to care to keep pets happy, healthy, and safely in their homes.
Learn more about our program from our Executive Director, Leanna Taylor and our dedicated volunteer Nancey Brooks, who received the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Award, in the inspiring video below.
A Snapshot of this Year’s Numbers:
Free Community Spay and Neuter
To better serve Maricopa County’s low-income communities, in 2017 we made the transition from providing funding for the SNAP voucher-based program, in partnership with Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, to directly funding and managing mobile clinics out in the field. This change ensures free surgeries are reaching pet owners in communities with the highest need. It is designed to be cost-effective, and further increase the program’s impact by saving even more lives.
Free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats are performed at participating veterinary clinics throughout the Valley. The program is funded solely by donations and supported by The Arizona Pet Project. (Clinic locations are determined based on the highest need. Door-to-door outreach is done in neighboring areas. At this time, we cannot accommodate call in or email requests for free spay and neuter surgeries.)
Low-Cost Clinic Locations
A heartfelt thank you to the private veterinarians throughout our community who’ve come together to support low-cost spay and neuter. Please note, each clinic varies in cost – prospective clients should call and inquire about pricing based on species (dog/cat), gender (male/female) and size.
Arizona Pet Friendly License Plates Save Lives
You can join the “driving force” in the battle against pet homelessness by purchasing a Arizona’s Pet Friendly license plate!
A portion of the proceeds from the Pet Friendly license plates goes directly to The Arizona Pet Project and other animal welfare organizations across the state to help provide no-cost or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to pets in need.
Our partnership with Service Arizona has funded more than 16,000 surgeries since 2004 (including an added 140 surgeries in 2017), saving more than 800 pets from euthanasia.
Get your Pet Friendly license plate today by visiting www.servicearizona.com.