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Spay and Neuter

Please spay and neuter your pets to prevent them from being added to the national statistic of euthanized animals. Every year more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized that have been sent to animal shelters.

Spaying and neutering also is beneficial to their health. Without this procedure, they are more apt to contract cancer.

  • Spaying by the first heat (estrus) will reduce the cancer risk by 50%. Mammary tumors are very common in unspayed females.
  • Prevention of pyometra is another benefit. This is an infection of the uterus. And we must not forget ovarian cancer. This is totally eliminated by spaying.
  • Neutered males will be less apt to develop prostate problems which can lead to testicular cancer.
  • Neutered males are more apt to stay home and not fight with other males.

But the number one reason to spay and neuter is prevent these wonderful creatures from being put to death because they do not have a home.


The AWA will give vouchers worth $50 to five pet owners each month who meet income guidelines. Applicants can live in either Butler or Ripley County (the program may be expanded to other counties in the future). Costs for spaying and neutering at area veterinary clinics range from $40 to $159, depending on the size of the pet and whether it is a cat or dog, a male or a female.

Pet owners seeking financial assistance for spaying or neutering can get application forms at Hillcrest, Hicks and Parks veterinary clinics in Poplar Bluff and at Ripley County Veterinary Service in Fairdealing. The forms also are available at the Poplar Bluff, Doniphan and Naylor Public Libraries; at Key Drugs, Pet Oasis, Pets R Us, and PetsWay stores in Poplar Bluff, and on our website.

Applicants will send their completed forms, along with a copy of last year’s tax return (or other proof of income) back to the AWA at the address on the application form. An AWA committee then will review the applications and pick five voucher recipients each month. Vouchers will be limited to one per family per month. Applicants who are not chosen in one month can be held over to the next month, if they qualify.

Other Assistance Packages Available

The following discounts and assistance packages are available for spaying and neutering of dogs and cats adopted from the Poplar Bluff Animal Shelter:

Hicks Animal Hospital
1600 Highway 53
(573) 686-1281                                   

  • 50% off cost of surgery  
  • 50% off initial vaccinations  
  • Must show adoption receipt

Hillcrest Animal Hospital
Highway 67 South
(573) 785-1471      

  • 25% off spaying or neutering   
  • 25% off initial vaccinations                           
  • Must show adoption receipt
SEMO Low Cost Spay & Neuter
(573) 998-2760 or (573) 998-2104
  • Clients pay $20 for spaying or neutering a dog; $10 for a cat.
  • Clients must show proof of low income (150% of federal poverty guideline).
  • Participating area vets include Dr. Fox in Fairdealing

    Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri is a Missouri Non-Profit Corporation.

    Donations are Tax Deductible under section
    501 (c) (3) of the IRS code

Animal Welfare Alliance Spay / Neuter Application Form. Click here   (PDF Form)

Spay Neuter

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After completed, please mail the form to:
Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri
PO Box 647,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902

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or send a check or money order to:
Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri
PO Box 647,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902