February is Spay/Neuter Month in Cook County
February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and Cook County Animal and Rabies Control and The Anti-Cruelty Society have teamed up to promote the importance of spaying/neutering pets.
Spaying/neutering pets keeps them healthier, safer and reduces pet overpopulation at shelters.
Both cats and dogs that are spayed or neutered have reduced incidents of certain cancers, reduced incidents of certain life-threading diseases and reduces their desire to roam. Spaying and neutering also reduces strays and overpopulation in shelters.
"During the month of February, Cook County residents can go to a private veterinarian of their choice and receive up to a $40 discount on the cost of spaying or neutering if the animal is current or becomes current for rabies vaccines," said Dr. Donna Alexander, the administrator of Cook County's Animal and Rabies Control.
The rebate is applied at the time of the surgery at the veterinarian's office. In 2017, Cook County rebated more than $110,000 for nearly 3,000 spaying/neutering procedures. Visit Cook County's website for more information about this program.
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers another option to help defray costs of spay or neutering with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic, which is open to the public to help encourage people to provide this lifesaving surgery to their pets.
The society offers the spay/neuter surgery for cats for $30 and for dogs for $130. Pit bull and pit bull mix dogs surgery fees are $60.
"These fees do not reflect the true cost of this valuable service, but The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to providing access to low cost service," said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, president of The Anti-Cruelty Society.
In 2017, The Anti-Cruelty Society spayed and neutered 6,175 pets from the public and 2,794 shelter pets, sterilizing a total of more than 9,000 Chicago-area pets. Surgical procedures are offered Monday through Friday at the society, 157 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit anticruelty.org.