City Highlights Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services

The Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is partnering with the City of Columbus Animal Care Services to ensure the pet population in Columbus is well managed and controlled through effective and low-cost spay and neuter services. The two organizations are working together with the shared goals of eliminating the need to euthanize adoptable pets due to a lack of critical resources and public awareness and reducing the costs of coping with homeless animals.

Mayor Kristen Brown proclaimed Tuesday, February 26, as World Spay Day in Columbus. The proclamation is aimed at bringing awareness to the partnership between C.A.R.E. and Animal Care Services to offer the low-cost spay and neuter service to local pet owners.

An overpopulation of pets can lead to homeless animals in the community and overcrowding at local shelters. Spaying and neutering pets has been shown to dramatically reduce the overpopulation of pets, proving to be a wise investment in saving animal lives and taxpayer dollars.

“I encourage pet owners to take advantage of the tremendous service provided in partnership by these two great organizations,” Mayor Brown said. “Spaying and neutering pets plays a significant role in controlling the local pet population, reducing the neglect and abuse of pets, and reducing the need to euthanize pets.”  

C.A.R.E., Animal Care Services, and the local Petco Animal Supplies store worked together to ensure the spaying or neutering of more than 1,200 pets locally in 2012 — a nearly 30% increase from 2011. C.A.R.E. has set a goal of spaying and neutering more than 1,300 pets this year.

Residents looking to take advantage of the low-cost service can meet with a C.A.R.E. volunteer at the Petco Animal Supplies store, 1337 N. National Road, the third Saturday of every month, or fill out the paperwork at Petco at any time and leave it at the store. 

Clinics occur on the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of every month. A volunteer from C.A.R.E. will put an identification collar on the pet with matching information on a travel crate. Animals are transported to PetsAlive, a non-profit spay/neuter and vaccination clinic in Bloomington, for the surgery and returned the next day. This low-cost opportunity is $53 for dogs and $33 for cats. Pit bull surgeries are offered free of charge. The price for feral cats includes ear tipping and rabies shot, which are required by state law and are available for $12. Financial assistance is available.

Special pricing is often available. For more information, contact Elaine DeClue at 546-5859. C.A.R.E. accepts monetary and other donations to assist with its programs. For more information, visit the C.A.R.E. website

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