Spay/Neuter Program

Through a partnership between the Bastrop County Animal Shelter and EMANCIPE+, we are excited to announce our new free Spay/Neuter Program! This program is for those who want to be responsible and sterilize their pet, but for whatever reason are unable to afford to do so.

Beginning January 21, 2012, the Emancipet mobile veterinary van will begin going into targeted neighborhoods in Bastrop County and providing free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. Appointments are required for this service and can be made at (512) 587-7729.  Download Flyer

Free sterilization (spaying and neutering) for pets who live in Bastrop County will be offered at the EMANCIPE+ Mobile Clinic on scheduled days. These services are for clients who cannot afford the low-cost options available at local clinics. All surgeries are provided by EMANCIPE+’s team of licensed veterinarians.

Funding for this program is provided by private donations to Friends of Bastrop County Animal Shelter. If you would like to help us continue to provide these services, please consider making a donation. For every pet we spay or neuter, we prevent the birth of 55 unwanted puppies or kittens with no place to call home. Spaying and neutering can reverse the trend in pet homelessness, and there are big advantages for both the pet and pet parent.

  Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S.
  households are not spayed or neutered. With more
  than 171 million pets nationwide, that's about 60  
  million dogs and cats who can breed or produce
  millions of puppies and kittens destined for the
  shelter. The numbers are compelling, but so is our  
  message: spaying and neutering saves pets' lives.
  Also, it can be done far sooner than most pet
  parents think. Recent studies have shown that
  puppies and kittens can safely be spayed or neutered
  as early as 8 to 10 weeks of age. The American
  Veterinary Medical Association, University of
  California Davis University School of Veterinary
  Medicine, Cornell University School of Veterinary
  Medicine, and many leading humane agencies
  endorse this “pediatric” spay/neuter. If your
  veterinarian won't do it at that age, be sure to
  schedule the procedure before your pet reaches 6
  months of age. The sooner you do it, the greater the
  benefits for your pet. And you'll be doing your part
  to prevent unplanned litters that can lead to pet

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Benefits of Spay/Neuter

• Improve your pets’ behavior.
• Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to wander, less likely to “mark” your stuff and get in fewer fights.
• The procedure does not change your pet’s personality. So no, your tough pup won’t lose his guard dog edge and your cat won’t get fat
   and lazy (well, at least not from the operation).
• Make your pets healthier and help them live longer.
• Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of many cancers and certain infections.
• Give you a happier pet and help you and your pet have a better relationship.
• Because spaying and neutering usually makes pets calmer and more focused on their people, they are more likely to fit into the family
   and make happier pets.

The bottom line? This simple procedure helps pets live longer, healthier, happier lives.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact us.