Animal overpopulation is a significant problem because there aren’t enough homes or resources to properly care for the vast number of strays born each year. This problem can be easily avoided, however, and in Alachua County there are plenty of options for pet owners looking to spay or neuter their pets on a budget. Remember, failing to spay or neuter even just one pet without the means to find each member of the litter a home is contributing greatly to this problem. Here are some options:
- Operation PetSnip: Located on the ACHS property (4205 NW 6th St, A-2), Operation PetSnip is open to anyone regardless of income or location. All surgeries require an appointment. Call 352-376-NMHP (6647) to schedule an appointment. Sterilization of cats costs $50 and dogs $80. Feral cat package $50.
- Operation Catnip: A nonprofit organization that provides FREE spay/neuter, vaccines and flea treatment to unowned, outdoor cats from Alachua County. Monthly clinics are run entirely by volunteers (veterinarians, vet technicians and other trained individuals) and are capable of sterilizing up to 300 cats in just a few hours. All cats have the tip of their left ear cropped which identifies them as sterilized community cats. For information on upcoming clinic dates call: 352-380-0940 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Microchipping: To greatly increase the chance that your lost pet will find you, have your it microchipped. It takes just a few minutes and only cost $15.
- Dog Grooming: The Alachua County Humane Society now offers some dog grooming services. Bring in your cuddly, canine friend for a bath, ear cleaning and nail trim. Call 352-373-5855 to schedule your appointment today! Take $5 off if you are a member of ACHS. Just a Nail Trim - $10.
Bath prices: (ear cleaning and nail trim is included)
|50lbs or less||$25|
|51lbs and over||$45|