Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives!
Kauai Humane Society is proud to offer low-cost spay/neuter services for pets in our community with same day drop-off and pick-up.
What Do “Spay” and “Neuter” Mean?
A veterinarian spays a female dog or cat by removing the animal’s uterus and ovaries. A veterinarian neuters a male dog or cat by removing the animal’s testicles. In both cases, the veterinarian performs the operation while the animal is under general anesthesia. “Fixing”, “altering” or “sterilizing” are other terms for spaying/neutering.
Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
- Spayed/neutered pets are more affectionate companions and exhibit fewer behavior problems, such as aggression, spraying urine in your home (urine marking), and embarrassing humping (sexual) behavior.
- Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to roam, run away, and get into fights
- Spayed female pets don’t have heat periods – no more messy bleeding, crying, anxiety, and attracting boyfriends.
- Spaying/neutering can prevent fights between pets.
- Spay/neuter can reduce your veterinary bills! If your female pet cannot birth her kittens or puppies, you face an emergency visit to the veterinary hospital for a C-section, which may cost $2,000 or more (small breed dogs such as Chihuahuas are especially likely to need a C-section).
- Spayed female pets have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially when spayed before their first heat. Breast cancer in pets is 90% fatal in cats and 50% fatal in dogs. Spaying eliminates any risk of life-threatening uterine infection, as well as any risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Neutered male pets have no risk of testicular cancer, and a much lower risk of prostate disease, rectal cancer, and perineal hernias.
Female cats may become pregnant again while they are still nursing kittens. If you are 100% sure that you can keep her indoors only AND away from all intact males (including her brothers or father), wait until her kittens have stopped nursing for 2 weeks before bringing mom in for surgery. If there is any chance that she may be around intact male cats, or if she may go outdoors, then we should spay mom when her kittens are 6 weeks of age. There is no extra charge if she is still nursing kittens. A female dog may be spayed 12 weeks after she has her puppies. She will not become pregnant again in this time.
Prepaid appointment required. Public appointments presently available for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (808) 632-0610 to schedule. **Cats and dogs must be a minimum of 2 pounds and 8 weeks of age and in good health. Please see your regular vet prior to scheduling surgery if you have any health concerns.
How It Works
- Surgeries are by appointment only
- Drop off time is 8 am – 9 am.
- Pick up time is between 4 pm – 5 pm.
- Microchips may be purchased and implanted during surgery for $20.
- If you need to reschedule your appointment, you must reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your original appointment, otherwise, you will be charged a rescheduling fee ($20)
- If dog/cat does not have a valid license, a license must be purchased at time of surgery.
- Low-cost vaccinations, dewormer, and/or flea treatment may also be purchased.
- Cats must arrive in a safe/humane animal carrier. Dogs must arrive on a collar and leash.
Call today to schedule an appointment – (808) 632-0610, extension 100.
The Kauai Humane Society offers a spay neuter assistance program (SNAP) that is designed to provide financial assistance to those in need. We do not have a limit on the number of animals who may receive the assistance, but an application process is necessary. Click here for the SNAP application. Once an application is received, a KHS staff person will review the application and will discuss with you eligibility for financial assistance. Your pet’s spay/neuter surgery may be partially or fully subsidized, depending upon the individual need.
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter
Please click here for information on our feral cat spay/neuter program, guidelines and trapping information.