SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM Provides financial assistance to prevent unwanted litters in the way of vouchers, for the spay or neuter and rabies vaccines, to people that otherwise could not afford these services for their pets. We ask for a donation of $30 for cats and $40 for dogs for vouchers that cover spay or neuter and rabies vaccine, then send a voucher to be used at one the vets that offers us reduced rates and billing privileges, helping us stretch our donated dollars. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? Spayed or neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate, they stay home and have less of a chance of being involved in accidents such as being hit by a car, and lower incidence of contracting contagious diseases. Spaying or neutering your pet reduces the risk of certain types of cancer that can be terminal for your pet, not to mention EXPENSIVE to treat. Spaying or neutering your pet can also eliminate undesirable behaviors like spraying, marking and fighting. Dogs and cats spayed before their first heat (six months of age) are virtually assured of not developing mammary cancer, a relatively common disease in unspayed females. Spayed pets cannot develop the uterine infection called ”Pyometra,” which occurs commonly among older, unspayed dogs and cats. Pyometra is a life threatening disease. Spayed animals do not go through heat cycles or produce unwanted puppies or kittens. “Heat” refers to the time when female dogs and cats prepare for mating and pregnancy. Cats can produce 3 litters of kittens each year and start cycling at 4 months of age. Spay/Neuter or TrapNeuterReturn (TNR) of colonies of cats that live outdoors prevents more unwanted litters, prevents the spread of diseases and stabilizes healthy colonies. An ‘ear tip’ is the universal clue that a cat has been vetted. Sterilizing outdoor cats is a community issue that takes the financial burden from municipal shelters and allows healthy cats to live under the care of their caregivers and reduce their numbers naturally ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS Spaying or neutering will NOT make your dog or cat fat and lazy unless they are overfed. It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one litter before being spayed. This only leads to more unwanted puppies and kittens. It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one heat cycle before being spayed. Altering your pet will NOT change your pet’s personality. Cats’ personalities do not fully develop until about one year of age, and dogs’ between one and two years. If your pet’s personality changes after spaying at an early age, it would have changed without surgery.

 To request Spay/Neuter Assistance for your pet or for a stray in your area, please click the button below to fill out our form.

Spay/Neuter Assistance Request Form

VET ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Provides financial assistance for a large variety of procedures and surgeries ranging from upper respiratory symptoms to limb amputation, mass removal and more. We are happy to assist people from all walks of life, throughout the CSRA. We cannot always guarantee the whole of a bill, but we do help as much as we can within the budget we are working with at the time. Thousands of animals are sent to shelters and euthanized each year, many because of treatable medical conditions. While costs are an inevitable part of the responsibility of owning companion animals, TWFAF assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay & neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care when pet owners are struggling. The goal is to help keep beloved pets in their homes. Adopting a companion animal always involves both expense and commitment, and if owners have a resource to help, their animals can receive necessary care despite the financial burdens involved.

Contact us with the form below to discuss your emergency situation with your pet.

 

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