Friends of KC Animals encourages all pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.
According to the City of Kansas City, Missouri's animal ordinance, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets must be licensed. In addition, all breeds considered "pit bull" and pit bull mixes must be altered (spayed/neutered).
*** All American PIT BULL Terriers MUST be spayed/neutered in Kansas City, Missouri and Pit Bull Rescue Central is a good source for financial help! It offers financial assistance to owners or caregivers of APBTs and APBT mixes. These programs are for spay/neuter services and also medical needs grants. Anyone is welcome to apply, but it is strictly limited to the American PIT BULL Terrier breed. This service will even cover a mother and all puppies in her litter as one spay/neuter! http://www.pbrc.net/fund/ap_neuter.html
1. Spay/neuter is the NUMBER ONE way to decrease the number of homeless animals in the future! An estimated 5-6 million animals are killed in shelters across the United States each year. Spaying or neutering your pet will decrease these numbers down the road.
2. Fixing pets is cost effective. The price of spay or neuter surgery is much less than the cost of caring for a new litter of puppies or kittens. There are other costs associated with unaltered animals, such as aggression-related issues, or health risks that can be avoided by alteration.
3. Altered animals do not feel the need to mate so they are less likely to stray from home. By staying close and keeping off the streets, animals that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to get hit by cars or become infected with contagious disease.
4. Spaying/neutering animals will improve your pet's health and increase his/her life expectancy. Spaying or neutering will not cause your pet to gain weight. A proper diet and plenty of exercise will keep your pet fit and trim.
Neutering male dogs decreases the possibility of prostatic disease development and hernias, and eliminates the chance of testicular cancer. Neutering also reduces the risk of prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. It also reduces territorial and sexual aggression which can turn into fights, inappropriate urination (spraying) and other undesirable male behaviors. Neutering your male dog or cat also decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias, which are common in senior unaltered dogs. The threat of abscesses caused by bites and diseases transmitted by fighting are greatly reduced since neutered cats are less likely to roam.
Spaying female dogs decreases the probability of breast cancer. If done before the first heat cycle, spaying decreases the rate of breast cancer to almost zero and eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer, which are otherwise common occurrences. Spaying also eliminates pyometra, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many mature unaltered females. The heat cycle and undesirable behaviors like messy spotting are eliminated after spaying. In addition, since your female will not be in heat, there will be no uninvited suitors in the area.
- Spays and neuters can be done as early as 8 weeks old or 2 lbs in weight
- An appointment is required
- Animals over the age of 8 years old may need pre-surgical blood work and a pre-exam from the staff veterinarian
- It is mandatory by law for all American Pit Bull Terriers residing within the Kansas City, Missouri city limits to be spayed/neutered. Special American Pit Bull Terrier spay and neuter assistance is available to those owners who cannot afford the procedure.
* The spay/neuter information provided above was taken from ASPCA.org and SNKC.org.
Spay & Neuter KC offers NON-SURGICAL NEUTERING-
This is only being offered for male dogs between ages 3 months and up to 7 years and pet owners should call 816-353-0940 to set up an appointment. All dogs are sedated for the procedure, which requires an injection into each testicle. Dogs recover more quickly and have no surgery/sutures to remove. Dogs are also given a special Z tattoo to identify they have been sterilized.
Zinc neutering uses Zinc Gluconate, that is FDA approved to permanently and safely neuter a male dog. This virtually painless and non-invasive procedure for male dogs. “This is a great option for those pet owners we encounter who seem to have difficultly letting go of their dog’s manhood.” They can now safely sterilize their male dog but keep their “manhood” intact, states Whitney Mathis – Clinic Manager, Spay & Neuter Kansas City.
LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE FOLLOWING -Remember you may get vaccinations and microchips here too!
Great Plains SPCA
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
The Humane Society of Greater KC
5445 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104
NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic
3400 NW Vivion Road
Riverside, MO 64150
Spay and Neuter Kansas City
1116 E. 59th Street (NE corner of 59th & Troost)
Kansas City, MO 64111
STOPP Animal Clinic
9909 East 63rd Street