Hardin County Humane Society of OHIO
Our Spay & Neuter has been up and running since 2009 with almost 3,000 animals in Hardin county spayed or neutered to this date. Thanks to the H.O.P.E. Clinic, the hchs has a special day to schedule low costs spay/neuters. You must be scheduled for this day to obtain services. The HCHS is NOT responsible for costs of vaccinations! A $15 dollar co-pay for non-members is required and appreciated before any of your pet(s) are scheduled. You will receive a special certificate in the mail to take with you to your appointment. Also don't forget if you take your pet to a local vet for spay or neuter, to ask for the hchs discount. Several local vets even match our discount! If you'd like more details or would like an application you can contact Phyllis Howell at 419-675-2932. Please leave a message and she will return your call.
***MYTH VERSUS FACT***
MYTH- My female cat/dog should have a litter before she is spayed.
FACT- The sooner you spay your female, the better her health will be in the future. As long as a kitten or puppy weighs more than 2-4 lbs and is two months old, he or she can be neutered or spayed. Many veterinarians practice safe early sterilization. The longer a female goes unspayed, the greater the likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections. In fact, a female spayed before her first heat (six to nine months of age) has one-seventh the risk of developing mammary cancer as does an intact female.
MYTH- Spaying or neutering will alter my pet's personality.
FACT- Regardless of age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, protective, and loving companion. Any slight changes will be positive. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, which has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered felines and canines tend to stop roaming and fighting, and they also lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.
MYTH- Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.
FACT- Absolutely NOT! Lack of exercise and overfeeding makes pets fat and lazy- not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Also, sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
MYTH- Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for pets.
FACT- Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.
MYTH- Letting my pet have a litter will allow my children to witness a miracle of birth.
FACT- Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring that you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.
Infomation provided by the Prince William SPCA.
LOCATION MAILING ADDRESS
13510 SR 68 South P.O. Box 108
Kenton, Ohio 43326 Kenton, Ohio 43326