hso-spayOur Program: HSO provides low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to residents of Northwest Arkansas, regardless of income level or location. We pay a portion of the spay/neuter surgery and the pet owner pays a portion. Due to the generosity of participating veterinary clinics agreeing to the reduced fee, which is paid by the pet owner and the rebate given by HSO, any pet owner can obtain reduced cost spay or neuter service. Please click here to view the pet owner’s portion of the cost of surgery and to see a list of our participating vets. We also give four quarterly grants of $1,250 to Spay Arkansas for low-income residents. 


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Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

There are many reasons why a cat or dog should be spayed or neutered.  Among them are your pet’s health, behavior and controlling pet overpopulation.  Responsible pet owners that spay and neuter their pets help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every year.

Prevent Overpopulation

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Did you know?

In just 3 years, one unspayed female + one unneuterred dog can produce 512 descendants. Plus in those same 3 years, one unspayed femate cat + one unneuterred male cat can produce 382 descendants.

Health Benefits

Spayed and neutered pets are at a lower risk of certain diseases and live longer, healthier lives.  Behaviors such as aggression and fighting, urine marking of territories, roaming, and sexual behaviors are greatly reduced by spaying and neutering your pet.

Spay

Neuter (Castration)

Surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus under general anesthesia. Surgical removal of the testicles under general anesthesia.
  • Eliminates heat cycles
  • Eliminates life-threatening uterine infections
  • Reduces chances of mammary cancer
  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Reduces chances of prostate, and prostatic, testicular, and rectal cancer
  • Decreases or eliminates urine odor and urine spray
  • Decrease risk for certain types of cancer

Myths

Will spaying or neutering cause my pet to become overweight and lazy?

NO!  Spaying or neutering your pet will not necessarily make your pet become overweight and lazy.  Heredity, diet, and how much and what type of exercise your pet receives has much more influence on the weight and attitude of your pet than does spaying or neutering.

Should I wait until my pet has matured or had a litter?

NO!  The earlier the surgery is done, the better it is for your pet.  Your pet’s health and behavior will be improved with early spaying or neutering.  Spaying early also eliminates the risk of possible birthing complications, which can lead to expensive cesarean deliveries and put your pet’s life in danger.

I can’t afford to get my pet spayed or neutered!

Wrong!  There are multiple Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs to help residents of Northwest Arkansas.