With your support, DHA is working hard to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs by providing low cost spay and neuter services to the public. We believe in spaying and neutering (also known as “fixing”) as a moral imperative, and all our animals are surgically altered before they are adopted. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes for all of them. You can be an important part of the solution and help your pet live a happier, healthier, and longer life.

Guidelines for Scheduling Spay/Neuter During Covid-19

  • Spay/Neuter surgery days are Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Drop-off is between 8:30 AM – 9 AM only. During your arrival, our Vet Techs will be preparing for that day’s surgeries. Patient sign-in will begin no earlier than 8:30 AM.
  • Please remain outside next to your vehicle until Vet Tech is ready to secure your animal.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • No food after midnight the night before surgery, please!

Additional Resources

Delaware pet owners who receive public assistance may be eligible for the State of Delaware’s $20 Spay/Neuter Program. DHA is a partner organization providing included services for pet owners who qualify for the program. Additional services that are a part of DHA’s Spay and Neuter Program are available to participants at their regular cost.

To inquire about getting your pet spayed/neutered, please submit the form below so we can contact you about scheduling!

Still Have Questions?

For more information, or if you have questions about DHA’s Spay and Neuter Program, please contact our Client Services staff:

Local Area (302) 571-0111
Toll Free (888) DHA-SPAY (342-7729)
info@delawarehumane.org (Sorry, we cannot schedule appointments by email at this time)

Pregnant cat

If your pet is already spayed or neutered but needs vaccinations or microchipping, DHA has regularly scheduled low cost Vaccination Clinics offering these services and more that take occur at our animal care and adoption center in Wilmington, as well as our Rehoboth Adoption Center.

What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes) of female animals. Neutering is the surgical removal of the reproductive glands (testes) of male animal, although “neuter” can be used as a general term to describe the sterilization of any animal, whether male or female.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Too many people do not have their pets spayed or neutered, and this has produced an explosive population growth resulting in many homeless animals in Delaware and across the United States. This creates financial stress on governments, nonprofit animal shelters and rescue agencies, and citizens who are working to address the problem.

Spaying and neutering can significantly reduce the number of animals being euthanized at open intake shelters or turned away at no kill shelters due to lack of space, decrease the cost of picking up and housing stray or unwanted animals, and lower threats to public health and safety.

Spaying and neutering can also increase the lifespan of your pet and improve the quality of life of both you and your pet.The health and behavioral benefits include:

  • Females will never develop uterine cancer or a potentially fatal uterine infection, and are at much less risk of developing breast cancer and urinary tract infections.
  • Males will never develop testicular cancer.
  • Males are less likely to roam, mark their territory with urine, act aggressively toward other males, or go to undesirable lengths to get to unspayed females in heat.
  • Females won’t exhibit the mood swings, restlessness, vocalization, and other annoying behavior brought on by hormonally-induced heat cycles.
  • You will not have to deal with the messy spotting of a female in heat and she will not attract excessive attention from unneutered males.
  • No accidental pregnancies, so you won’t have the extra expense of medical care for a pregnant animal and her offspring, or the responsibility of finding good homes for all of them.

Find out more information about spaying and neutering by reading the following articles:

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