Spay and Neuter

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Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spaying and neutering your pets enhance their quality of life by decreasing some health risks. The cost of licensing is considerably lower for altered pets. You are also doing your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens.  In addition to all of these great benefits spaying or neutering your pet also decreases their desire to roam and mark their territory.

What is the best age to spay or neuter my pet?
Consult with your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet. Common things to consider include breed, age, and physical condition. We do not recommend waiting until your female dog or cat has gone through its first heat cycle as this can increase their health risks.

Do we have an overpopulation issue?
In Santa Barbara County over 5,220 pets (dogs, cats, and rabbits) pass through our shelter system on a yearly basis.  Most of these pets are unaltered.  As a result hundreds of orphaned kittens and puppies go through Santa Barbara County Animal Services' foster program each year.  Although we have a live release rate of 93%, only about ½ of the pets entering our shelters are adopted into homes.  Doing your part by spaying and neutering your pet and preventing accidental litters will decrease the number of unwanted pets throughout Santa Barbara County. 

The following are lists of places where public spay and neuter programs are available. Please contact the organizations directly for more information, including pricing, or to make an appointment.  

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society
111 Commerce Drive, Buellton, CA 
(805) 688-8224

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
1687 W. Stowell, Santa Maria, CA
Spay & Neuter Clinic Hours:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Santa Barbara Humane Society
5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 964-4777 x20

C.A.R.E. 4Paws

805.968.CARE (2273)

If you have made an appointment for spay or neuter through our Project PetSafe Team, please complete the following forms: