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Why Your Animals Should Be Spayed and Neutered

Each year, 10 to 12 million (yes, millions) cats and dogs are killed in shelters simply because there are not enough good homes for them. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against automobiles, the elements, other animals, research labs, and cruel humans. We can end this tragedy by having our animals spayed and neutered. Every cat spay or neuter is urgent because right now the number of unwanted animals is at an all-time high.

For example, one un-spayed female cat and her offspring can produce 450,000 kittens in just 7 years. Please... Spay and neuter your pets and encourage others to do the same. Spaying and neutering is an inexpensive procedure. There are many low cost spay and neuter clinics in your area. Spay and Neuter! Be part of the solution and not the problem!

Where do I call for Spay/Neuter assistance for cats and dogs?

Please contact the organizations below for assistance obtaining low cost spay / neuter services.

Homeward Bound Animal Hospital
1020 E Pecos Road, Suite 1
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: 480-821-7380

Spay and Neuter Clinic

Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic
950 West Hatcher Road
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: 602-943-7729

Arizona Humane Society Clinic

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

Found Strays

We do NOT recommend posting animals on Craigslist. Here’s Why:

PETA and AALAS have been kind enough to provide the following perspectives on this controversial subject:

1. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) []

We are writing in regards to the "free to good home" advertisements that appear on the Craigslist website.

As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through "free to good home" ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals over to him. People known as "bunchers," who obtain animals illegally from random sources to sell to research facilities for profit, often acquire animals by answering "free to good home" ads. Small animals advertised as "free to good home" are sometimes acquired by individuals who intend to use them as bait in training other animals to fight. Gerbils, hamsters, and young kittens are often acquired to be used as snake food.

Animal protection organizations all over the United States work diligently to educate people about the proper procedure for placing animals and frequently assist people in finding good homes for their animals. We routinely contact individuals who place "free to good home" advertisements to alert them to the potential perils for their animals and continuously receive appreciative calls from people who say they never knew these dangers existed.

Craigslist could do its readers and the animals a great service, while setting a very progressive example, by posting a brief warning at the top of the pets section about giving animals away for free. To supplement the warning people could be informed that they can contact us for more information about placing animals and screening potential adopters.

2. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) []

What assurances exist that stolen or lost pets are not used in research?

While some research requires that dogs and cats are used, the vast majority of laboratory animals are rodents specifically bred for research. Nearly half of the dogs and cats needed for research are also bred for that purpose. Since state laws and local policies prevent many animal pounds and shelters from providing dogs and cats to research facilities, animal dealers are the primary source for the other half of the animals scientists require. These dealers must be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and must adhere to Animal Welfare Act standards of care. Both dealers and research facilities can obtain dogs and cats only from specified sources and must comply with detailed record-keeping and waiting-period requirements. In addition, USDA conducts unannounced inspections of dealers and research facilities for compliance to help ensure research animals are not missing pets.

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What is TNR?

What is a Feral Cat?

Feral cats are wild cats. Some were domesticated cats that have not been socialized to people. When left to themselves, they continue to reproduce kittens that are only socialized to other cats and are afraid of people. In recent years many tame cats have been abandoned and have joined colonies of feral cats. As a result, ADLA’s TNR program assists “feral cats” and other street cats, even semi-tame cats that were once cared for by a person/family, but who now live in a cat colony.


Free-roaming, primarily feral, cats are humanely trapped. This process is performed by those requesting participation in the TNR Program or volunteers assisting those who qualify for “trapping assistance”. The traps used are humane box traps.


The cats are spayed or neutered by a veterinarian. This involves an ovo-hysterectomy for female cats- surgical removal of ovaries and the uterus and castration - removal of the testicles for male cats. These surgeries are sometimes called “fixing” your cat.

The left ear is “tipped” to identify the cat as fixed. This procedure is performed while the cat is under anesthesia at the veterinary clinic. This is a universal identifier of a sterilized homeless/street/feral cat.


The cats are returned to their original colonies’ location where caregivers may continue to provide food and water. It is illegal to relocate cats to a different territory.

What are the benefits of TNR?

The Spay Neuter Hotline's Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program is for free-roaming, primarily feral, cats. Cats are humanely trapped, spayed and neutered, ear-tipped and returned. TNR is the most humane and effective method for stabilizing feral cat populations. For information or assistance please call the Hotline at: 602-265-7729 (SPAY) or email:

To sign up for Spay Neuter Hotline's TNR Program please call 602-265-7729 (SPAY) or email:

Thank you for helping stabilize the free-roaming cat population!


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