Pets like cats and dogs benefit from being spayed and neutered, and there are some options to have to procedure done at low-cost.

Q: Where can I get low-cost spay or neuter services for my pets?

A: Spaying and neutering pets is beneficial for pets and owners for a variety of reasons. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides a search tool to find local, low-cost options for spay and neuter services.

In Madison, two clinics listed are the Madison Cat Project, which spays and neuters cats, and the Spay Me! Clinic, which sees dogs and cats.

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The Madison Cat Project has two spay and neuter options, according to its website. One Saturday every month, volunteers spay and neuter outdoor cats for a donation of $35. Appointments for indoor or companion cats can be made Monday through Friday at the clinic, and because staff perform this surgery, the minimum donation is $50.

The Spay Me! Clinic takes dogs and cats with different prices for the procedure, according to its website. Spaying a dog costs $95 and neutering costs $80. Indoor cats can be spayed or neutered for $55, and outdoor cats — which must get their ear tipped — can receive one of the procedures for $40.

Spaying and neutering pets prevents unwanted litters, which also controls and prevents pet homelessness.

— Shelley K. Mesch

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