The Niagara SPCA is offering lower-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and small or medium-sized dogs, with no income or residency restrictions.
Surgeries for male and female cats will be $125. Surgeries for dogs run from $150 for males up to 25 pounds to $200 for females from 25 to 50 pounds. Dogs over 50 pounds are not eligible for the program due to space restrictions in the clinic.
Each animal will also get vaccinations, treatment for fleas and worms and post-surgical pain management.
"Our vet is so efficient at what she does and we concentrate on high volume — we can literally do 25 spays or neuters in a four-hour period, " said said Niagara SPCA Executive Director Amy Lewis. "So it's really cost-effective for us; we're not losing any money to do this."
Lewis said prices for comparable surgery from local veterinarians can reach $400 or $450 for a female spay surgery, which is more complicated than surgery on a male. "But I've heard people being charged $600 or $700," she said. "So this is a nice break for people who want to do the right thing and get their pet spayed or neutered."
Animals must weigh at least 2 pounds and be 2 months old or older. Other services, including microchips and heartworm tests, can be done at the time of surgery for reduced prices. A pre-anesthesia blood test is recommended for dogs older than age 7, and costs $40 to $5.
Surgeries will begin March 5. To be placed on the list, call (716) 731-4368 and ask for the public program. The shelter also offers an income-qualifying program for those who are on public assistance or earn $25,000 or less annually.
Lewis said the SPCA plans to offer three spay/neuter clinics a week, though that number may be reduced to two in the summer so animals surrendered to the shelter can be cared for. "But I foresee this as ongoing for several years at least," she said.