November 8, 2008
In order to reduce the number of unwanted pets in the community, the County and six participating cities are offering pet owners $75 coupons to have their female dogs, cats or rabbits spayed and $25 coupons to neuter their male dogs, cats or rabbits.
The coupons, which are accepted by veterinarians throughout the County, are available to residents of the unincorporated areas of the County and the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, San Diego, and Santee.
“The coupons will cover or at least lessen the cost of spaying or neutering pets,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the County’s Department of Animal Services.
“Spaying and neutering animals is the most effective way to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens entering County shelters.”
The coupons are available while supplies last, at the three County Animal Shelters, located in Mission Valley, Bonita or Carlsbad.
The coupons are funded through the County and six cities that contract with the County for animal control and sheltering services.
In addition to the coupons, residents can visit the Department’s Web site at www.sddac.com where they will find a list of veterinarians who perform the surgery at a reduced cost to the pet owner.
Combine the coupon with one of those veterinarians and the entire cost of the surgery may be covered.
Eligible residents may also obtain a coupon by calling Pet Assistance at 619-544-1222 or the Spay-Neuter Action Project (SNAP) at 619-525-3047.