The Paws of Chico Spay & Neuter Program has been serving the Chico area Since Sept. 2005



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We have assisted pet owners with spaying and neutering over
5,300 cats & dogs.

Dog Spay & Neuter

One unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years. Only one in ten dogs born in the U.S. will find a good home. Millions of healthy adoptable dogs are euthanized each year nationwide.

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Spaying and neutering prevents the death of thousands of dogs. Spay/neuter helps reduce our dog overpopulation, which places an enormous financial burden on our tax payers and local shelters.

Spaying (procedure for females) can be done at the age of 5-6 months. There are added health benefits if the procedure is performed before the dog’s first heat , which generally occurs at six months.

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Spay Benefits

• Reduces the number of unwanted puppies/dogs
• Eliminates the nuisance of twice a year heat cycles
• Eliminates risk of ovarian and uterine cancer; decreases risk of mammary gland tumors
• Eliminates risk of pyometra (uterine infection) which can be fatal; recommended treatment is spaying
• Helps dogs live longer, healthier lives

Neutering (procedure for males) can be done at the age of 6 months or older, depending on breed. It is best if a dog is neutered before he displays any negative male behavior.

Neuter Benefits

• Reduces the number of unwanted puppies/dogs
• Reduces aggressive behavior towards people and other dogs
• Eliminates testicular cancer; decreases chance of prostate disease
• Less desire to roam, therefore lowering the risk of being hit by a car
• Helps dogs live longer, healthier lives

Paws of Chico Spay & Neuter Program helps pet owners who live in Chico. You must have a Chico address. If you need financial assistance, you can download an application. You may also call 895-2109 to request one. Applications can be picked up the City of Chico Animal Shelter located at 2579 Fair Street.

A Paws volunteer will call you to review your application and determine how much you can contribute towards the spay or neuter procedure. A voucher will be sent to you providing all information needed to make your appointment with one of our participating veterinarians.

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