The advantages of Spaying and Neutering. While the primary advantage of spaying and neutering is population control, there are many other advantages for your pet. Click here for additional information.
Our shelter can house about 400 cats safely, which is why we have such a wonderful selection of potential pets for you to choose from. In 2008, we adopted, sent to rescue groups, or returned to guardians 1,509 cats. Pretty impressve! Thats 7 cats for EVERY day we are open!
Now- can you handle the truth? The cat population in York County is out of control. We would need to increase adoption 200% to find homes for all the cats brought to our shelter. Or we can reduce the number of cat litters by increasing the amount of spay/neuter procedures. This is why we are focusing on cat population control this year.
It is not enough to spay and neuter the cats that are living in our housholds, but of course that is a good place to start. In addition, we need to spay and neuter those neighborhood cats who visit your backyard. Many of these cats are tame or nearly tame. They are not feral, they are just homeless. If you can capture these animals, your veterinarian may provide you discounted services for these animals or you can contact the YCSPCA to see if we can help. If we cannot reach these animals the cat numbers will remain out of control.
How do we solve the pet overpopulation challenge?
Spay/neuter is the answer to the overpopulation problem. The York County SPCA is fortunate to partner with several local veterinary hospitals to ensure that we can collectively spay/neuter as many animals as possible. The following are our low cost spay/neuter partners:
Hill Street Veterinary Hospital
Leader Heights Animal Hospital
East York Veterinary Center - In addition to helping with low cost spay/neuter services, the East York Veterinary Center helps the York County SPCA with overpopulation by serving as a satellite shelter. The East York Veterinary Center temporarily houses adoptable pets at their hospital until they can find a permanent home. This includes dogs, cats, birds, and small animals.
The York County SPCA is most appreciative of the help. If you would like to have your pet spayed or neutered, please contact the York County SPCA at 764-6109 ext 121. You can choose from any of the aforementioned hospitals. Thank you to these local veterinary hospitals for their support. Together we can make a difference!
The York County SPCA has launched Operation FUR to increase spaying and neutering in 2009. In particular, we are making a concerted effort to reduce the number of cat litters.
This new pit bull family is a good example of the need for increased spaying and neutering. Pit bulls are our most difficult animal to adopt, and these beautiful puppies might have a very bleak outlook. Fortunately, a rescue group will foster this family and give these puppies an opportunity to find a good home.
Spay and Neuter options
Spaying or neutering
of animals adopted from our shelter is included in the adoption fee, and this makes our animals a fantastic bargain.
1. Dogs and cats adopted from the SPCA will be neutered or spayed.
2. All pet guardians should take their pets to your local veterinarian for routine health care, including spaying and neutering.
3. For people who cannot afford spaying and neutering, the York SPCA can provide low cost service. Click here to apply for low cost spay/neuter
4. All pit bull dogs in York County may be spayed or neutered for free.
5. The York County SPCA is spaying and neutering feral cats to reduce the population of feral cats in the County.