Spay & Neuter Clinics
A Spay & Neuter Clinic specializes in just those procedures in order to reduce the population of unwanted pets in our community. Underwritten by various organizations, the cost typically is considerably less than at traditional vet offices. While the surgical procedure must follow the same veterinary protocols, the Spay/Neuter clinics forego some pre-operative procedures that help reduce the cost. To compare the services, contact your vet and/or the Spay/Neuter clinic for specifics.
There are several organizations in the Charleston area that offer special discount programs for Spay/Neuter. These include:
- Charleston Animal Society
- Doc Williams SPCA
- Francis Willis SPCA
- LowCountry Animal Rescue
- Pet Helpers
What is the cost at the Greer Spay & Neuter Clinic?
Attached is their fee schedule.
Please note that there are additional programs providing substantial financial assistance to those who qualify. Check these out:
Fees are as low as $20 for persons who qualify!!
Low Income Assistance includes:
- Special assistance available for those who live in these zipcodes: 29403, 29407, or 29412?
- You can qualify for a reduced-rate surgery if you qualify for the following:
» Food Stamps
» Social Security Income
» Social Security DisabilityUnemployment Income
» Low-income - Download 2011 Poverty Guideline
» s501(c)3 Rescue Groups
- Bully Breed Discounts- 1 in 4 shelter dogs is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix. Due to public misconception about the breed, they are often difficult to adopt out. With assistance from Humane Net, Pet Helpers is able to provide spay/neuter surgeries for Pit Bulls are the discounted rate of $20 per surgery. This fee includes rabies and distemper vaccines.
- Hound mixes - Make an appointment to have your Hound or Hound mix spayed or neutered at a cost of just $20. The fee includes rabies and distemper vaccines.
- Military Discount - Any active duty service member is eligible to receive 15% off all services. Please call to make an appointment (843) 302 - 0556
- College Student Discount - Any student with a valid school ID from an accredited College or University is eligible to receive 15% off all services.
- Teacher's Pet Pricing: 15% all services
Benefits of Spay/Neuter
There are many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, and few barriers, if any. Contrary to popular belief, the basic personality of your pet will not change after spay/neuter surgery. In fact, there are several medical and behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering your pet.
Here are just a few:
- Decreased Risk of Cancer:
In male animals, removing the testes during the neuter surgery eliminates the risk of developing testicular cancer. While it does not completely protect against prostate cancer, it does prevent enlargement and possible infection of the prostate. Spaying a female cat or dog will prevent ovarian or uterine cancer, and the risk of breast cancer is greatly decreased.
- Urine Marking:
A neutered dog or cat is less interested in advertising its presence by urine marking. His desire to excessively mark his surroundings, including inside your house, will decrease.
Neutered dogs or cats tend to live longer than intact animals because they are less likely to roam in search of females in heat, thereby decreasing their risk of being injured or killed on roadways. They become more calm and content, more willing to focus their attention on their human companions.
- Absence of Heat Cycle:
Not only can a heat cycle be messy, but it can also alter the behavior of your cat or dog. Your pet may yowl for attention and/or become aggressive. Spaying your pet eliminates these behaviors.
There are also many social benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, including:
- Cost effective:
The cost of a spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. In fact, the surgery pays for itself several times over!
- Prevents unwanted pets:
Each year in Charleston County, over 11,000 enter area shelters, and over 5,000 are put down. Spaying or neutering your pet decreases the possibility of unwanted animals ending up in area shelters. Even better, it prevents these animals from suffering on the streets.