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Spay and Neuter

Please spay and neuter your pets to keep them from adding to the national statistic of euthanized animals. Every year more than 3 million unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized at animal shelters. Countless more are cruelly drowned, shot or thrown out on the road to fend for themselves.

Spaying or neutering is beneficial to your pet's health.

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 likely 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 to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats facing death, disease and suffering because they don't have a home.


AWA grants vouchers worth $50 to several pet owners each month who qualify for financial help. Applicants can live in Butler, Ripley, Wayne, Carter or other nearby counties. Applicants are asked to pay the costs over and above $50. (Spay and neuter fees vary by veterinarian and by the size of the dog or cat in question. See the list of participating vets below to call and ask about current spay/neuter fees.)

Pet owners seeking financial assistance for spaying or neutering can get an AWA application form by clicking on the link in the upper right-hand area of this page, clicking on a similar link on the AWA home page, or by picking up a form at any of the veterinary clinics in Poplar Bluff, or at Ripley County Veterinary Service in Fairdealing. Application forms also available at Key Drugs in Poplar Bluff.

Applicants should send their completed forms back to
AWA at PO Box 647, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902.

An AWA committee then will review the applications and pick five or more voucher recipients each month. Vouchers customarily are limited to one per family per month, unless circumstances are unusual. Applicants who are not chosen in one month can be held over to the next month, if they qualify.

In addition to AWA, qualifying pet owners can sometimes find financial help for spaying or neutering through a separate organization: SEMO Low Cost Spay & Neuter, reachable at
(573) 998-2760 or (573) 998-2104. Some area veterinarians also offer discounts on spaying or neutering of animals adopted from pounds or shelters. Call the clinic of your choice for more information on fees or discounts.

Area Veterinary Clinics Participating With AWA

If you normally use a Southeast Missouri veterinarian who is not listed below, have your vet call (573) 718-2956 if he or she wishes to participate or wants more information.

Hicks Animal Hospital
1600 Highway 53
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 686-1281

Hillcrest Animal Hospital
1904 South Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 785-1471

Parks Animal Care Center
3937 Highway 67 North
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 686-3998

Ripley County Veterinary Service
US Highway 160
HC 1, Box 739
Fairdealing, MO 63939
(573) 857-2965

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

Click here for more info on low cost Spay and Neuter Assistance


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

There are two ways to  help the animals!

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