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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 grealty 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.


Roaming | 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.  These include:


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 | Spaying or neutering your pet decreases the possiblity of unwanted animals ending up in area shelters.  Even better, it prevents these animals from suffering on the streets.

Best Friends is helping dozens of shelters and rescue groups across the nation through their No More Homeless Pets Network Lifesaving Grants program. Best Friends, in collaboration with PetSmart CharitiesⓇ offers Lifesaving Grants that focus on increasing adoption and spay/neuter efforts. Receive this assistance to spay or neuter your pet. PAWS of Jackson Hole and Best Friends offers a Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for you pet. Visit PAWS or call 307-734-2441 for more information.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter

From time to time we will receive grants that enable us to assist the community with a portion of the cost of spay or neutering your pets. Thanks to PAWS of Jackson Hole and Dr. Heather Carlton, Animal Adoption Center in Jackson for their grants programs.

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We offer foster care to dogs and cats by opening our hearts and homes to temporarily shelter for needy animals. If you could only assist in fostering for a short time or on an emergency basis if even for only a few days or a week we could sure use your help.

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Open a place in your heart and you will receive much more in return. Lucky’s Place is NOT county or city owned or operated shelter it does not receive funds from local city governments. It is wholly run and mainained by volunteers.