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Spay / Neuter Information
A sterile pet is healthier, behaves better, and can never produce more unwanted animals. Contrary to myths, the procedure will not make pets lazy or obese.

Pet sterilization, sometimes referred to as getting pets "fixed," requires a veterinary procedure known as spaying (for females) and neutering (for males). This proven method for reducing pet-overpopulation and humane euthanasia is now considered a routine point of responsible pet ownership.

Benefits
This one-time surgery has many benefits for both pets and their people, including:
  • Improved behavior resulting in calmer, less reactive and aggressive pets 
  • Less roaming of pets in search of mates, which keeps neighborhoods safer
  • Reduction of certain cancers, which makes for a healthier pet and a longer lifespan


Spay and Neuter Voucher Program
To encourage spaying or neutering of pets, Hillsborough County's Board of County Commissioners initiated a Spay and Neuter Voucher Program to assist income-qualifying residents get this important surgery for their dogs and cats.

En Espanol: Programa de Esterilization del Condado de Hillsborough


Important Information About The Program


  • Applicants must be residents of Hillsborough County, Florida.
  • Applications may be downloaded, requested by mail, or picked up at the shelter.
  • Applications may processed in person (440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa) or by mail.  In each case, proof of participation in qualifying public assistance programs is required.
  • A voucher and list of participating veterinarians will be given to the applicant.
  • Choose a vet provider, make an appointment for your pet within 30 days, and follow all instructions.
  • A limited number of pets per voucher may receive the surgery in a 12-month period.
  • There is a $10 co-pay per pet to the veterinary provider, which covers both a rabies shot and an updated Hillsborough County pet registration tag.


Other Resources
While Hillsborough County Animal Services sterilizes our shelter pets for adoption, the County does not provide private veterinary care to owned animals. To find veterinary care for animals currently in your possession, check the following links for assistance: 


Note: Many local feed stores also offer low cost rabies vaccinations on weekends. Check the internet or phone book for nearby locations and dates of service.

Please be a responsible pet owner by spaying, neutering, and registering your pets. For more information, call Animal Services at 813-744-5660 or email .