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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Programs

in the Northeast Kingdom

Pope-Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter - Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic:Cats Monthly/bi-monthly spay/neuter clinic for cats.  The $45 fee includes rabies and distemper vaccinations.  Call 334-8197 for an appointment.

Northeast Kingdom Spay-Neuter Program: Provides a voucher for a spay/neuter procedure at a reduced fee for either a cat or a dog in Orleans or Essex counties, for use at participating local veterinarians.  For more info call 754-2309.

Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program:

Provides spay/neuter assistance to lower-income Vermonters.  $25.00 co-payment for each animal (dog or cat); procedures are performed by participating local veterinarians.  For more information go to or call 1-855-478-7647.

Felines & Friends Foundation:

Provides spay/neuter assistance for barn cats, un-owned or loosely owned cats.  For more information go to or call 323-4793.

VT-CAN!: Is a stationary, reduced cost, high quality, high volume spay/neuter clinic located in Middlesex, Vermont.  More info at  You can also email or call 223-0034.

Providing Ethical Treatment for Strays (P.E.T.S.) of the Kingdom:

Focuses on animal cruelty investigation and other animal welfare issues.  For more information visit or call them at 802-673-3791.


Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

Your spayed female won't go into heat.

While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently -sometimes all over the house!

Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.

An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

Your neutered male will be much better behaved.

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, un-neutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.

Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. (Additional note from FFF – your spayed/neutered cat will still be a great mouser!)

It is highly cost-effective.

The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.

Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.

Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized, languish in shelters or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

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