Sterilized animals live longer, happier lives. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia, that are spread through bodily fluids.
Please, if you do take in a free kitten or puppy, have the pet spayed or neutered. Help us stop the cycle of unwanted pups and kittens. Comments are often made at adoption events that there should not be a fee to adopt a pet, especially since there are so many free ones out there. Tri-County does not charge a fee for the pet, the fee is to offset some of the costs already spent on the pets. Tri-County pays for vaccines, micro-chips, spay/neuter surgeries, rabies vaccines, dentals, special surgeries for broken bones/cancers, medicines, heartworm prevention, tests, de-worming, pet food and much much more.