Wednesday, February 29, 2012

City of Calgary's No Cost Spay/Neuter Program resumes

The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services announced today that they will again be accepting applications for the No Cost Spay/Neuter Program which provides free spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs of eligible low income Calgarians. The program was initially launched in October 2010 for both cats and dogs.

“On September 1, we temporarily paused the program to handle the backlog of applications waiting to be screened,” said Bill Bruce, director of The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services. “Now that those demands have been met, we are ready to resume offering this very popular and important service with priority given to cats.”

To be eligible for the program, owners of pets must:
• Be at least 18 years of age and reside within the City of Calgary
• Have a combined family household annual before-tax income that is no greater than 85 per cent of the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Off (LICO).

Spay and neuter surgery helps prevent pet overpopulation and decreases the number of unwanted and homeless pets that end up in rescue organizations and shelters every year.

The surgery also reduces or eliminates diseases, infection and cancer of the reproductive system. Spayed or neutered cats and dogs are generally more sociable, affectionate and content to stay at home. Dogs are less likely to fight and exhibit aggressive behaviours.

To be apply for the program, pet owners must submit an application demonstrating their eligibility. Visit and search No Cost Spay/Neuter Program to download an application or call 3-1-1 for more information.

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