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Tucson non-profit offering low-cost spay and neuters

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Spring not only produces warmer weather, but also more unwanted puppies and kittens. As a result, more animals are dumped at shelters or left in alleys. 

Altered Tails is a Tucson spay and neuter clinic that offers low-cost spay and neutering. They hope to eliminate euthanasia as a means of animal population control.

Up to 30 dogs and cats walk into Altered Tails daily. The non-profit says spaying and neutering is vital. It not only helps with overpopulation, they say it is also good for pet's long-term health. 

"It affects the community," said Kaitlyn Wright, Director of Operations at Altered Tails. "It affects intake into community shelters. When you get your animals fixed then there is less free-roaming homeless animals out there. So there is less coming into the shelters and less that ultimately have to be euthanized."

Altered Tails performed nearly 23,000 spay and neuter surgeries in 2017. This surgery can be expensive, but the non-profit offers the service at a discounted price because they receive grant funding. 

"It is such a need for people who want to have that furry family member and have those important animals in their lives, but maybe can't afford to get a huge surgery done for them at a full service price," said Wright.

It can cost on average $300 to $500. Altered Tails can charge $100 or less. They want to knock down the price barrier so more people get their animals spayed and neutered. 

"If they are not born, then they are not going to have to go into the shelter system or they are not going to be wandering the streets," said Sherie Jones, Clinic Manager at Altered Tails. "The benefits to owners behavior-wise. They are much better behaved animals. They are less likely to jump out of their yards to go looking for a make. They can bond better to their human companion because they are not looking for a partner outside that human/animal bond."

They say right now is the best time to get your pet fixed. 

"This is definitely the time where we start seeing so many pregnant animals and this is a perfect opportunity to try to catch that before it gets too late and before we start seeing a ton of stray cats out in the neighborhood or a ton of puppies being born where they don't have homes."

Dogs and cats can get the surgery done as young as three months and as little as three pounds. Veterinarians say it is best to get the surgery done when they are young. 

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