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Spay/Neuter Information

Spaying or neutering your pets reduces the number of homeless and unwanted animals born each year!

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program

As part of our ongoing cmomitment to reducing pet overpopulation, PHS has partnered with PETA's SNIP Van to offer reduced price surgeries and vaccinations to Portsmouth residents. These clinics offer clean facilities and a safe and caring environment for your pets!

The SNIP van visits PHS on Tuesdays. There is a 80lb weight limit for animals on the van.

Dog (under 80lb): $75
Cat: $45
Feral Cat: $50
Rabies & vaccinations: $15 (vaccinations are only available to surgery patients at this time)

Please contact the shelter at 757-397-6004 to set an appointment for your animal.

For some individuals, spay/neuter services may be cheaper or more convenient through Please visit their website to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

When can I have the procedure done?
Both procedures can be performed as early as six weeks of age. American Humane is a strong proponet of "early" neutering since this guarantees that the animals will not be able to breed and populate within a community.

Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Animal shelters, both public and private, unfortunately are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for. Estimates across the country indicate that over 10 million animals will be humanely euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough homes. Having your pet neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.

What are some of the health benefits?
Through neutering, you can help your dog and cat live a happier, healthier, and longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing that is a sign that a cat is in heat. Castration stops the mating drive in males, reducing the urge to roam, which in turn, reduces the risk of fights, injury, poisoning, accidents, and contracting diseases. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will get along better if they are neutered.

A long-term benefit of neutering is improved health. Early neutering nearly eliminates breast cancer, and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine and testicular cancer.

Isn't it wrong to deprive an animal of its right to reproduce?
No, it's wrong to allow these animals to reproduce millions of unwanted offspring that are eventually killed because there aren't enough responsible homes.

Doesn't spaying and neutering alter an animal's personality?
No. Personality changes that may result from neutering are for the better. Not being distracted by the instinctual need to find a mate helps your pet stop roaming and become calmer; though not less protective of their territory.

(Adapted from American Humane,





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