Pets can be a great addition to your family, but there's one important step that should be everyone's priority. Spaying or neutering cats and dogs is the best way to cut down on overcrowding at shelters.

We've heard the pleas from Humane Society's in the area - they are at capacity. And the end result is millions of animals being euthanized every year to cut down on overpopulation. Making sure your pet gets "fixed" when they reach the appropriate age really is the best answer. Unfortunately this can be a very expensive surgery. There are low cost options though.

In Oneida County, the Stevens-Swan Humane Society offers low cost spay/neuter clinics for both cats and dogs. To qualify, you must live in Oneida County and be considered a low income household. You will have to provide proof of income to qualify. The Cuse Pit Crew also notes that Stevens-Swan offers additional discounts for "bully breeds" such as pit bulls, dobermans, boxers and others.

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Spring Farm CARES has been offering financial assistance through the Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Program since 2000. In the past, they have issued vouchers that you take to a vet for the operation for both cats and dogs. Starting in 2018, they are only offering vouchers for spaying/neutering cats. The vouchers are good for a discount at participating veterinarians and are based on residency and financial need.

In Mohawk, 4PetSake Food Pantry offers a low cost spay and neuter program for both cats and dogs. They help pet owners find area vets that provide discounted services. Their program is also income based and available to residents in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties.

Even if you don't qualify for some of these low cost services, Paris Hill Cat Hospital still wants to help. Their low-cost Spay & Neuter Program is open to all cat owners, even feral cats. You can find more details on their official community outreach coupon.

Due to funding problems, some spay and neuter programs have been suspended. Please contact your Humane Society or Veterinarian to find out what other options may be available.

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