Spay & Neuter Services
Why spay or neuter your pet? Here are a dozen reasons:
- Spaying/neutering helps reduce the homeless pet epidemic, stopping the reproduction of unwanted litters.
- Spayed/neutered community cats help stabilize the homeless cat population so that colonies can more easily coexist with their neighbors.
- Spayed/neutered animals live a healthier and longer life.
- Spayed/neutered animals tend to be more affectionate and calmer.
- Spaying a female gets rid of their heat cycle, which means it also gets rid of the bleeding, nervous behaviors, and crying that comes with the heat cycle.
- Spaying a female eliminates the risk of a difficult delivery.
- Spaying/neutering an animal is more cost effective in the long run–no litters to care for!
- Neutering a male reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancers.
- Spaying a female reduces the risk for uterine infections and breast tumors.
- Spayed/neutered animals are not at risk of contracting a reproductive disease.
- Neutering a male reduces their desire to roam and chase females, which can expose them to traffic, fights, injury, theft, and abuse.
- Neutering a male reduces their tendencies to fight over females in heat.
Gateway Pet Guardians has spent years battling the overpopulation of stray and unwanted animals in the Metro East, but our Spay/Neuter Program has made a significant impact on the homeless pet population in our service area. We provide a free spay/neuter package to residents with pets in the following zip codes: 62201, 62203, 62204, 62205, 62206, and 62207. The package also includes rabies and DHPP/FVRCP vaccines, microchip, nail trim, and dewormer. If interested in our package, call our Community Hotline at (314) 399-9738.
If you reside outside of these zip codes, there are resources available to subsidize the surgery for your pet. The following resources might be available:
- Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic: (314) 771-7387
- Belleville Area Humane Society: (618) 235-3712
- APA of Missouri: (314) 645-4610
- Metro East Humane Society: (618) 656-4405
- The Four Hearts Foundation: 618-960-4984 (St. Clair County residents)
- Hartz Second Chance: 618-975-4434