Friends of KC Animals encourages all pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.
News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2014
$100K grant will fund free pit bull licensing, vaccinations and surgeries in 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes
PetSmart Charities awarded the City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division a $100,000 grant to provide free pet licensing, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for owners of unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes who reside in Kansas City's 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes. These two ZIP codes were chosen because they have an estimated 1,400 unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes - the most per capita in Kansas City, Mo.
Animal Health and Public Safety, a division of the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department, hopes these free services will encourage pit bull owners to license their pets, which will reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals and may prevent possible nuisances or public safety threats.
"The cost to spay/neuter, vaccinate and license a pit bull or pit bull mix may be prohibitive for low-income families residing in the target ZIP codes," said Patrick Egberuare, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division. "By providing these services for free, we hope to alter about 60 percent - or 850 - of the pit bulls and pit bull mixes in these ZIP codes."
Animal Health and Public Safety employees also hope the grant will improve relations between animal control officers and residents in these areas, as the officers will provide outreach regarding these free services to residents in the coming weeks.
To participate in the program, residents living in the 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes must visit a participating veterinarian, which include the following:
- Spay & Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St., Kansas City, Mo.
For information, call 816-353-0940 or visit www.snkc.net.
- Raytown Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., Raytown, Mo.
For information, call 816-353-3666 or email email@example.com.
- Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo.
For information, call 816-336-1888 or visit www.pcnaws.org.
Participants must present a valid proof of residency to the vet. A maximum of four pets per household are eligible for this service.
The grant will begin immediately and continue until funds are exhausted or September 2014, when the grant expires.
According to City of Kansas City, Mo., ordinance, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets must be licensed. In addition, all pit bulls and pit bull mixes must be altered.
PetSmart Charities is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that awards grants to adoption and spay/neuter programs. They have provided more funding to help pets than any other animal welfare group in North America. For more information about PetSmart Charities, please visithttp://www.petsmartcharities.org/.
Spay & Neuter KC is the first clinic in the area to offer NON-SURGICAL NEUTERING!!
This is only being offered for male dogs between ages 3 months and up to 7 years and pet owners should call 816-353-0940 to set up an appointment. All dogs are sedated for the procedure, which requires an injection into each testicle. Dogs recover more quickly and have no surgery/sutures to remove. Dogs are also given a special Z tattoo to identify they have been sterilized.
Zinc neutering uses Zinc Gluconate, that is FDA approved to permanently and safely neuter a male dog. This virtually painless and non-invasive procedure for male dogs. “This is a great option for those pet owners we encounter who seem to have difficultly letting go of their dog’s manhood.” They can now safely sterilize their male dog but keep their “manhood” intact, states Whitney Mathis – Clinic Manager, Spay & Neuter Kansas City.
*** All American PIT BULL Terriers MUST be spayed/neutered in Kansas City, Missouri and Pit Bull Rescue Central is a good source for financial help! It offers financial assistance to owners or caregivers of APBTs and APBT mixes. These programs are for spay/neuter services and also medical needs grants. Anyone is welcome to apply, but it is strictly limited to the American PIT BULL Terrier breed. This service will even cover a mother and all puppies in her litter as one spay/neuter! http://www.pbrc.net/fund/ap_neuter.html
1. Spay/neuter is the NUMBER ONE way to decrease the number of homeless animals in the future! An estimated 5-6 million animals are killed in shelters across the United States each year. Spaying or neutering your pet will decrease these numbers down the road.
2. Fixing pets is cost effective. The price of spay or neuter surgery is much less than the cost of caring for a new litter of puppies or kittens. There are other costs associated with unaltered animals, such as aggression-related issues, or health risks that can be avoided by alteration.
3. Altered animals do not feel the need to mate so they are less likely to stray from home. By staying close and keeping off the streets, animals that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to get hit by cars or become infected with contagious disease.
4. Spaying/neutering animals will improve your pet's health and increase his/her life expectancy. Spaying or neutering will not cause your pet to gain weight. A proper diet and plenty of exercise will keep your pet fit and trim.
Neutering male dogs decreases the possibility of prostatic disease development and hernias, and eliminates the chance of testicular cancer. Neutering also reduces the risk of prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. It also reduces territorial and sexual aggression which can turn into fights, inappropriate urination (spraying) and other undesirable male behaviors. Neutering your male dog or cat also decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias, which are common in senior unaltered dogs. The threat of abscesses caused by bites and diseases transmitted by fighting are greatly reduced since neutered cats are less likely to roam.
Spaying female dogs decreases the probability of breast cancer. If done before the first heat cycle, spaying decreases the rate of breast cancer to almost zero and eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer, which are otherwise common occurrences. Spaying also eliminates pyometra, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many mature unaltered females. The heat cycle and undesirable behaviors like messy spotting are eliminated after spaying. In addition, since your female will not be in heat, there will be no uninvited suitors in the area!
- Spays and neuters can be done as early as 8 weeks old or 2 lbs in weight
- An appointment is required
- Animals over the age of 8 years old may need pre-surgical blood work and a pre-exam from the staff veterinarian
- It is mandatory by law for all American Pit Bull Terriers residing within the Kansas City, Missouri city limits to be spayed/neutered. Special American Pit Bull Terrier spay and neuter assistance is available to those owners who cannot afford the procedure.
* The spay/neuter information provided above was taken from ASPCA.org and SNKC.org.
LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE FOLLOWING!!
Great Plains SPCA
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
The Humane Society of Greater KC
5445 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Service, Inc.
300 SW Noel
Lee's Summit Mo 64063
NEW!! NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic
3400 NW Vivion Road—Riverside, Missouri 64150.
Spay and Neuter Kansas City
1116 E. 59th Street (NE corner of 59th & Troost)
Kansas City, MO 64111
STOPP Animal Clinic
9909 East 63rd Street