Thousands of healthy adoptable pets are euthanized every day because there are just too many animals and too few homes. The Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake is dedicated to helping end this crisis by offering and promoting spaying and neutering.

Like the rest of the nation, the Grand Lake, Oklahoma, area faces anoverwhelming pet overpopulation crisis that over-burdens our
no-kill facility and the local city animal shelter. Put a STOP to unwanted pet overpopulation in the Grand Lake area by having your dog or cat spayed or neutered.
The widespread failure
to spay or neuter your pet results in homelessness, misery, cruelty, and death for these unwanted animals. Quite simply, spaying or neutering is the only way to end the pet overpopulation tragedy.

The Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake operates a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for dogs and cats BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. It is offered in cooperation with our area veterinarian.

Animals must be registered at the shelter prior to the appointment.
Cost of the procedure is:
Feline Spay $45
Feline Neuter $25
Canine Spay
1-29# $65
30-59# $69
60#+ $73
Canine Neuter
1-29# $45
30-59# $60
60#+ $73

Payment is due at the time of registration. The Humane Society sets up an appointment that is convenient for you. Drop off time is at 8:30 AM, the day of surgery, OR make arrangements for a drop off time the night before. You will bring your pet to the Humane Society Shelter office and we will transport your pet to the vet clinic.

Help our community and help yourself -- STOP the animal overpopulation crisis by spaying or neutering your pet either through the Humane Society's clinic or by contacting a Grand Lake community veterinarian today.

For more information about the spay/neuter clinic, contact the Humane Society at (918) 786-7630 during office hours or email your inquiry to hsgrove@att.net. hsgrove@att.net.
Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Pet overpopulation...the facts are simple. There are just too many pets and not enough homes. The overpopulation problem has reached a crisis state and the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake is dedicated to helping end this crisis by offering and promoting spaying and neutering. Consider these statistics as to how just one litter can result in hundreds to thousands of unwanted pets:

The Prolific Cat
First Year 3 litters = 12 offspring
Second Year 144 offspring
Third Year 1,728 offspring
Fourth Year 370,192 offspring!!!
The Prolific Dog
First Year 4 offspring with 2 females
Second Year 12 offspring
Third Year 36 offspring
Fourth Year 324 offspring!!!
What is Spay/Neuter?
The surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female to prevent pregnancy or the removal of the testicles of males to prevent them from impregnating females.

Why Spay/Neuter?

It's Good for Your Pets...
  • Spaying/neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating or reducing the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult and/or expensive to treat.
  • It's better to spay your female pet before she goes into heat for the first time. This reduces the risk of breast cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in your dog.
  • Neutered males will not develop testicular cancer and their risk for developing prostate cancer is greatly reduced.

    It's Good For You...
  • Spayed/neutered pets are, typically, better behaved and more calm and affectionate than those that are not spayed/neutered.
  • Male cats are less likely to spray urine and mark their territory, especially if neutered prior to developing this habit.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle, thereby eliminating regular bleeding, and the incessant crying and nervous behavior that often accompanies the heat cycle.
  • Neutering decreases and animal's desire to escape and wander the neighborhood in search of a mate. This decreases the risk of fights, death caused by getting hit by cars, and lost or stolen pets. You avoid the cost and sadness of a lost pet.
  • Spaying keeps unwelcome male animals away.

    It's good for the community...
  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
  • Spay/neuter decreases the homeless animal population. Shelters are full of homeless animals, and there are not enough homes for all of them.
  • Spay/neuter decreases the number of strays, which are often involved in dog bites and attacks, automobile accidents, defecation on and damage to private property, and more.
  • Stray animals can also scare away and kill wildlife and other domestic animals.

    Myths and Facts

    Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
    Fact: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

    Myth: It's better to have one litter first.
    Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.

    Myth: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
    Fact: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth - which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion - the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

    Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
    Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats - mixed and purebred alike.

    Myth: I want my dog to be protective.
    Fact: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

    Myth: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
    Fact: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

    Myth: But my dog (or cat) is so special. I want a puppy (or kitten) just like him/her.
    Fact: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.

    Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
    Fact: There are many affordable spay/neuter options in our community. Please see the resources we have made available. Whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost - a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs; particularly if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.

    Myth: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
    Fact: You may find good homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

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