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Spay/Neuter Information

You can help both homeless animals and your community by having your pets fixed. Each year, the City of Lodi euthanizes hundreds of puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats because there are not enough homes for them all.

Every puppy or kitten born means one less home available for orphaned shelter animals. In addition to saving lives, there are many other positive reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Did you know "fixing" your pet can do the following?

  • Eliminate the urge to roam.

  • Reduce spraying, mounting, fighting, barking, pacing, marking, and biting.

  • Altered animals have twice the average life expectancy of unaltered ones.

  • Spaying and neutering reduces pets risk of reproductive cancers.

Depending on your income, you may be eligible to receive discounted spay/neuter services for your pet.

For more information on free spay/neuter vouchers, please call (209) 333-6741.

In 6 years, 1 female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.

In 7 years, one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.
Be a responsible pet owner and spay/neuter your animals!

Spay / Neuter Facts

Q. Will having my pet fixed make him or her fat?

A. Poor diet and limited exercise are the main causes of weight gain.

Q. Does surgery hurt my pet?

A. Surgery is done under anesthesia so there is little to no pain.

Q. I have a boy animal, he can't have babies so why fix him?

A. One intact male can impregnate hundreds of females.

Q. What age should my pet be before spay/neuter surgery?

A. Ask your veterinarian, but have it done as early as possible, before your pet is sexually active.

Q. What is the cost of the procedure?

A. It depends on the age, size, sex, and health of the pet. Vouchers may be available to low income residents of Lodi. Contact the Animal Shelter for more information.

Q. If I neuter my dog, will he stop protecting our house?

A. Your dog's instinct to "defend his turf" won't be affected and he'll be less likely to wander off.




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