Saint Louis County Animal Control Services started the Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program in 2005. For every rabies tag sold in Saint Louis County, $1 is placed into a special account to fund the Program.
The Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program is a voucher program that permits residents of Saint Louis County to have their pets spayed or neutered at a reduced cost:
- Vouchers can only be used by Saint Louis County residents.
- Pets MUST have a current Saint Louis County rabies tag to be eligible.
- Voucher is like a “coupon” that will often reduce, but not eliminate, the cost of having a pet spayed or neutered. They are each worth a designated amount off of the total cost of a spaying or neutering:
The person holding the voucher will have to pay the difference between the veterinarian's or the clinics charge for the procedure and what the voucher is worth.
Approximately 90% of the veterinary clinics in Saint Louis County (and surrounding areas) are participating in the voucher program and will honor a voucher when used for a spay or neuter at that clinic (a list of participating clinics can be found further down on this page).
A limited number of vouchers are available through the Saint Louis County Animal Shelters.
The vouchers are intended to encourage and enable pet owners of an intact or unaltered cat or dog to get the procedure done.
Why Should Pets be Spayed/Neutered?
While the national pet overpopulation problem is complex, it is clear that the more cats and dogs that get spayed or neutered, the fewer "surprise" litters will occur. Annually, more than three million animals are euthanized in the United States because there are simply not enough homes for all of them. Increasing the number of altered pets will help reduce the number of animals being euthanized.
Medical Reasons (Female Cats and Dogs)
- Significantly lower risk of mammary (breast) cancer
- Eliminates risk of ovarian cancer
- Significantly reduces the risk of pyometra (an inflection of the uterus)
- Eliminates the hassle of having pets go through their "cycles."
Medical reasons (Male Cats and Dogs)
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Having your pet spayed or neutered can also result in positive behavioral changes
- Altered animals make better, more affectionate companions that have more time to devote to their human friends
- Neutered cats are less likely to spray to mark their territory
- Neutered male animals are less likely to roam, run away from home, or get into fights with other animals
- Altered animals are less likely to bite; they are generally calmer and more even-tempered
Participating Veterinarians and Animal Clinics
Approximately 90% of all veterinarians and animal clinics in St. Louis County and the surrounding area are participating in the voucher program.
Below are links to lists of participating providers.