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.
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
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
• Give you a happier pet and help you and your pet have a
• 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