What do “spay” and “neuter” mean?

Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases, the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.

How old do animals have to be for spay/neutering?

Dogs/cats must be a minimum of 2 pounds and at least 8 weeks old. As long as your pet is healthy, spaying/neutering can be performed at almost any age to prevent unwanted litters and provide health benefits.

How much does it cost?

Low income individuals and families qualifying for BARC’s spay/neuter program pay only $15 per cat and $25 per dog.  Additional health services (vaccinations) are also available. CASH, VISA or MASTERCARD accepted. No checks. See the chart of services.

What do you mean by “low income”?

Low income means anyone who is on government assistance or can show proof of financial need, regardless of residency. Government assistance can be: WIC, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Illinois Link Card, Section 8 Housing, etc. If you’re not on assistance, our low income criteria is $20,000/year (or less) per individual or $32,000/year per family. Proof of eligibility must be shown on surgery day.

When do I bring my pet in and when can I pick it up?

Monday – Friday drop off begins at 8 a.m. (plan 30-45 minutes for check in). Pick up the next morning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday drop off begins at 8 a.m. (plan 30-45 minutes for check in). Pick up at 4 p.m. same day (neuters only).

At what age do cats/dogs go into heat and how long do they stay in heat?

Cats can have their first heat cycle between 4-6 months of age and will go in to heat approximately 3 times a year.   Each litter typically has between 4 and 6 kittens.

Dogs go into heat at about 6-9 months of age and typically have two heat cycles per year.  Each litter has, on average, between 6 and 10 puppies.  A dog’s heat cycle lasts a total of 30 days.

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