DCHS offers multiple options for low/cost spay and neuter efforts.
Monthly Transports with Pets Alive in Bloomington, IN. An owner signature is required for the surgery to be preformed, so advanced sign up and payment (cash or check) is required in person at DCHS. This program is not income based. Our transport date is the first and third Monday of every month. Your pet would be dropped off at DCHS on the select Monday between 6:00-6:45am (we cannot house your pet over night) and picked up Tuesday between 1:00-5:00pm to participate in this program. The cost is $30.00 per cat or $60.00 per dog. A rabies vaccination is also required at $15.00. We also recommend a low cost microchip for all dogs and cats. This can be added for your pet and registered to you for an additional $15.00. Pets need to be at least 2 lbs and 8 weeks of age to participate. We also cannot accept dogs weighing over 100lbs. All animals need to arrive in a hard sided pet taxi (no crates). We have a limited number of pet taxis to borrow out each month.
Each month we receive a select number of discounted vouchers to local vets. Discount amounts range from $10.00 to a 50% discount depending on the selected vet. This program gives priority to pet owners with a financial need. After the 20th of the month, remaining certificates are open to anyone. Certificates need to be picked up in person at DCHS. Pricing will need to be verified with the local vet of your choice.
$20.00 Spay/Neuter for any animal via the SNAP Program. You will qualify for the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) if you meet either household income or public assistance eligibility requirements. Apply online at http://www.spayneuterservices.org/our-programs/snap/snap-apply-2 or visit us at DCHS for an application. We do accept SNAP vouchers to be used as payment on our monthly transports to Bloomington, IN (SNAP voucher must be presented a the time of sign up for our transport).
Questions regarding programing can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Dubois County Humane Society at 812-482-7387 during adoption hours (Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm, or Saturdays 1:00 pm-3:00 pm) or office hours (Tuesdays 1:00-5:00pm, Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm or Saturdays 11:00am-1:00pm). The Pet Adoption Center address is 426 Wernsing Road in Jasper.
Facts about Reproduction The first cycle may be as early as four months of age, and pregnancy is possible when this occurs. Dogs usually have a heat cycle every 6-7 months, while cats are seasonally affected and may cycle every 2-3 weeks, spring through fall. Dog gestation (pregnancy) averages 63 days. Cat gestation (pregnancy) is more variable and averages 66 days but can range 62-74 days. An unspayed female cat, her mate, and all their offspring, producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter, can total nearly 12 million kittens within a 9-year period. An un-spayed female dog, her mate, and all their puppies, and their puppies' puppies if none are ever spayed or neutered, can total up to 67,000 puppies within a 6-year period.
Why Spay or Neuter?
Peace of Mind Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal is better behaved? Neutered male cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered and unsupervised males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in fights with other males. They mark territory by spraying strong-smelling urine on surfaces. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting furniture and human legs when stimulated. A neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as an unneutered dog, and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. While female cycles vary greatly, most cats exhibit several unpleasant signs when in heat. For four or five days every three weeks, they yowl and urinate more frequently, sometimes all over the house, advertising for mates. Often they attract unneutered males who will spray urine around the female's home. Female dogs also attract males from great distances. Female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week and can conceive for another week or so.
Good Medicine Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal can live a longer healthier life? Spaying a female (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutering a male (removing the testicles) is a veterinary procedure with the same general anesthesia used in human medicine. Both surgeries usually require minimal hospitalization. Neutering a male cat or dog by six months of ages prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer; having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics, and spaying. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50% of female dogs and 90% percent of female cats. For older, seriously ill animals, anesthesia and surgery are complicated and costly.
Responsible Care Did you know that you can prevent the suffering and death of millions of animals? One cat or dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can be responsible for the birth of 50 to 200 kittens or puppies on one year. Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but some people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing, or being hit by cars.
Myths About Spay/Neuter Myth: A female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed. Fact: The sooner you spay your female, the better her health will be in the future. As long as a kitten or puppy weighs more than two pounds (usually 10-12 weeks old), he or she can be neutered or spayed. The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections increases the longer a female goes unspayed. In fact, a female spayed before sexual maturity (6-9 months of age) has one-seventh the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer. Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet's personality. Fact: Any slight changes will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving, and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the desire to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.
Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are spayed or neutered. Fact: Absolutely not. Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy – not spaying or neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Sterilized pets live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet. Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a few days.
Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth. Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of homes knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.