SPAY OK is proud to be a part of the national “Five Saves Lives,” campaign, an early age sterilization initiative intended to prevent companion animals from having, “just one litter.” Early age sterilization is the most effective way to halt pet overpopulation while also preventing many health problems, including mammary tumors, at a far greater rate than later sterilization.
Five Saves Lives refers to the need to spay pets before five months of age, preventing the first heat cycle in dogs and the first litter in cats. Many people believe that pets should be spayed or neutered after the age of six months. The goal is to educate the public that it’s healthier for the animal and saves lives to spay by five months of age.
A Massachusetts study completed in 1994 showed that nearly 90% of unwanted litters released to shelters were born to female dogs and cats that were later sterilized. Closing this gap with early age sterilization can help halt pet overpopulation.
Additionally, the health benefits of early age spay/ neuter include 100% prevention of mammary tumors, a value that is reduced with each heat cycle the animal enters.
Cats $30 (includes a rabies shot)
Dogs $40 (includes a rabies shot)
Kittens $20 (5 months old & under)
Puppies $30 (5 months & under)
1 Manning & Rowan, Tufts University
2 Brenda Griffin, DVM, Cornell University