Spaying and Neutering
Animal Care & Control urges that all pets be spayed or neutered to prevent the birth of unwanted offspring. Spaying or neutering a pet(s) is a responsible action pet owners can take to prevent unwanted and uncontrolled animals that can spread disease, damage property, cause accidents, and suffer from neglect - as well as contribute to the pet overpopulation. Animal Care & Control makes difficult decisions every day about what to do with stray or unwanted pets. County residents can make a difference by choosing to be responsible pet owners.
Pets that are spayed or neutered make much better companions because they are more likely to live longer healthier lives, and they are less likely to roam about or mark their territory in undesirable places.
Since 2005, Animal Care & Control has sponsored a Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program to provide financial assistance for County residents who choose to have their pets altered. For every rabies tag sold in St. Louis County, $1.00 is placed into a special account to fund this program.
The voucher is like a coupon - it reduces the cost of the surgery, however, you will need to pay the remaining veterinary bill. Please make sure your veterinarian accepts the vouchers when you make your pet's appointment for surgery. Vouchers will reduce the total cost of spaying or neutering by the following amounts:
- Cat neuter $50.00
- Cat spay $60.00
- Dog neuter $70.00
- Dog spay $80.00
You can pick up a voucher at the shelter and bring with you proof of St. Louis County residency, proof of rabies vaccination, and proof of surgery appointment. The appointment must be scheduled and must take place within 30 days of picking up the voucher.