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All animals adopted from Animal Haven are spayed or neutered.

Each year millions of cats and dogs are killed in pounds and shelters because there are not enough homes for them. Many more die on the street a horrible death. Be kind. Have your pets spayed and neutered! One unspayed cat can result in over 11 million cats in 9 years.

The benefits of spaying or neutering include:
* Reduces or eliminates spraying or marking
* Reduces the desire to roam
* Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated in females
* Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated in males
...and most of all it reduces the number of unwanted dogs and cats that are put to death

LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER

Muffin's And the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals are proud to present the MAMA Coupon, a low cost feral cat spay/neuter coupon that includes rabies vaccination and left ear tip. The MAMA coupon is for feral cats only - friendly, domestic cats will be refused.
* $ 45. for Male Feral Cats
* $ 58. for Female Feral Cats (including pregnant cats)
Go to www.muffins.org and click on MAMA on the right hand column to view the current list of veterinarians that accept the MAMA Coupon. Please check back weekly for new veterinarians that have been added. Contact the veterinarian to book your appointment and mention that you will be using a MAMA Coupon. Call Jude at (718) 833-7988 to purchase a MAMA Coupon. Cats must be brought to the Veterinarian in a Covered Trap only - no cages, no carriers.

Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project NYC

ASPCA Hospital/CARE program
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 876-7700
ASPCA Care-A-Van
Phone: (212) 876-7700 ext 4303
Mobile van goes to low income neighborhoods and provides free spay/neuter and vaccinations. Suggested donation $25. Call for the van schedule and to make an appointment.

Humane Society of New York
306 East 59th Street (bet. 1st and 2nd Aves)
(212) 752-4842
Low cost veterinary services

SPCA of Nassau County
Phone: (516) 794-0831

Catnip and Carrots Veterinary Hospital
(Dr. Jennifer L. Saver, DVM)
2221 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11070
Phone: (516) 877-7080
Low cost S/N for cats only

Bide-A-Wee
188 Old Country Road
Westhampton, NY 11977
Phone: (516) 325-0280

League for Animal Protection
Rockville Center, NY 516-764-5097
Brookhaven, NY - Phone: (516) 361-2468
South Shore, NY - Phone: (516) 541-7686

Little Shelter Animal Rescue
33 Warner Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (516) 368-8770 or (516) 754-8200

S.A.V.E.S., Inc.
PO Box 453
Greenport, NY 11944
Email: jacqueline@igc.apc.org
For feral cats, low cost spay/neuter and vaccination certificates, and twice yearly free spay/neuter clinics for ferals.

Spay Today Inc.
300 Horseblock Road
Brookhaven, NY 11719
Phone: (516) 286-4965
Low cost spay/neuter for all pets, strays, and ferals.

Suffolk County SPCA
363 Route 111
Smithtown, NY 11787
24 hour Hot Line: (631) 382-7722 (SPCA)
They have a 40 foot, fully equipped state of the art mobile hospital (MASH) unit.

SPAY/NEUTER MYTHS

MYTH: Female dogs and cats should have at least one litter before having them spayed.

FACT: There is no medical evidence to justify allowing a dog or cat to have a litter before spaying. In fact, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer.

MYTH: Behavior is adversely affected by sterilization.

FACT: The only changes in dog and cat behavior after spaying or neutering are positive changes. Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer bite and scratch wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases. Male dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate.

MYTH: Animals are less active and overweight after spaying or neutering.

FACT: As any animal matures, it is necessary for human guardians to adjust dietary intake to compensate for more sedentary lifestyles. Animals become overweight only when they are fed too much and not exercised properly!

MYTH: Males don't have litters, so we don't need to neuter them.

FACT: It takes both a male and female dog or cat for reproduction. While a female dog or cat may only have one litter a year, male animals can impregnate females many times each day!

MYTH: Spaying and neutering is painful.

FACT: Surgical sterilization is performed under general anesthesia by a doctor of veterinary medicine. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient. There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. We also provide post op pain medications. The minimal discomfort experienced by dogs and cats who are spayed or neutered is well worth the endless suffering that is prevented by eliminating unwanted births.

MYTH: Children should experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: Most dogs and cats have their litters at night in quiet, dark places far out of anyone's sight. Besides, every litter of puppies and kittens born contributes to the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats who experience the miracle of death every day across America in our nation's pounds and animal shelters.

MYTH: Dogs will not be protective after they are altered.

FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect his home and family.