Spay & Neuter Assistance & Info
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
Although there are an estimated 100 million cats and dogs kept by responsible and caring people in the United States, there are also a tragic number of animals who suffer horrid cruelties associated with abandonment. In Colorado alone over 40,000 abandoned animals a year are put to sleep due to overcrowding, disease, and behavioral issues. Animal shelters in the U.S. euthanize about 5.1 million such abandoned pets each year. Uncounted millions more suffer sickness, exposure, starvation and death.
Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter does not euthanize animals for space. We focus on the prevention of pet overpopulation. Since we opened our doors in 2000, Colorado Animal Rescue has assumed a leadership role in the Roaring Fork Valley by advocating low-cost spaying and neutering as the most effective means of preventing the births of unwanted dogs and cats, and their subsequent abandonment, suffering and death. For the past nine years, we have worked with area veterinarians to provide an affordable breeding control program in Garfield County, facilitating countless spay/neuter procedures.
Benefits of Spay/Neuter Surgery
-Spay/neuter surgery removes reproductive organs that often cause dogs and cats to have medical problems later in life.
-Spaying reduces the risk that a female dog or cat will suffer from mammary tumors and uterine cancer. It eliminates the risk of complications from pregnancy.
-Neutered males won't develop prostate problems or testicular cancer.
-Altered dogs and cats are more relaxed pets because they are not driven to mate and they are less inclined to defend territory. They are less apt to fight with other animals. They are not as likely to roam, so there's less chance they will get lost, injured or killed.
-Neutered dogs are less likely to urinate in the house.
-Altered cats are less inclined to spray.
-Altered dogs have fewer behavior issues.
-Contrary to popular belief, spaying or neutering does not spoil your pet's personality, nor does it make your pet fat and lazy.
-Spaying and neutering saves lives by preventing unwanted litters and homeless animals.
(source: San Francisco SPCA)
Dove Fund Spay and Neuter Assistance Program
Colorado Animal Rescue offers financial assistance toward the spay/neuter of owned dogs and cats in Garfield County through the DOVE fund.
Currently, we are offering $25 vouchers toward the cost of any spay/neuter. To be eligible for a voucher, you must be a resident of Garfield County.
To receive a voucher, simply make a spay/neuter appointment with your veterinarian. Then call C.A.R.E. at (970) 947-9173 and let us know the following:
-Name of Vet Clinic
-Date of Appointment
-Town of Residence
-Name of Dog or Cat
-Gender of Dog or Cat
We will then fax a voucher to the vet clinic.
All of C.A.R.E.'s shelter animals are spayed and neutered prior to adoption.
The recommended age for spay/neutering is 2-6 months of age.
Female animals should be spayed before their first heat (estrus cycle). They do not need to have a litter before spaying.