San Diego Humane Society offers spay and neuter programs for the San Diego County community. These resources provide affordable spay and neuter surgeries to individuals who meet eligibility requirements based on income.
The County Department of Animal Services offers spay or neuter rebate coupons to those who live in the County unincorporated areas and the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach.
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.
Here are some of the medical benefits:
And behavioral benefits:
Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
Debunking Spay/Neuter Myths and Misconceptions
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Helping Your Pet Before and After Surgery
Your veterinary clinic will provide pre-surgical advice that you should follow. In general, avoid giving your cat any food after midnight the night before surgery. A puppy or kitten, however, needs adequate nutrition, and your veterinarian may advise that food not be withheld.
Your veterinarian can also provide post-operative instructions for you to follow. Although your pet may experience some discomfort after surgery, your veterinarian can take various measures to control pain. Depending on the procedure performed, medication for pain may be sent home with your pet.
Here are tips for a safe and comfortable recovery:
If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, please contact your veterinarian. Also call your veterinarian if your pet is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting or has diarrhea or any other concerns following surgery.
Please visit our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs page to find spay/neuter options in your area.