Northern Oklahoma along with the entire United States has a severe pet overpopulation problem that results in millions of healthy animals being killed for lack of homes.
Did you know…
Sterilization of your pet will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your furry friend will increase his/her life an average of 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers. Sterilizing your pet makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam.
Our spay/neuter programs focus on combating pet overpopulation in Kay County and Western Osage County through donations. Area veterinarians have agreed to work with our programs to help pet owners fix their pet(s) who otherwise couldn’t afford to spay or neuter their companion animals. It allows qualifying individuals to get their pet spayed/neutered at a reduced cost or even free.
Low Income Spay/Neuter Program
The Low Income Spay/Neuter Program was created to assist residents in Kay County & Western Osage County with spay and neuter services. It helps cover some or all of the cost of spay/neuter surgery, for income-qualified pet owners. This program requires a $27 copay per pet to be paid to NOKHS before receiving an appointment. All funds will be allocated based on need and a limited number of appointments available. The availability of funds for this program will be directly proportional to the donations received for the program.
How do I use the Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program?
We are currently working with Oklahoma Humane Society's Statewide Initiative to provide low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine services to members of our community.
Complete an application (can be found at our facility located at 900 W. Prospect Avenue)
Once approved pay $27 to the Northern Oklahoma Humane Society (We are currently requiring a $7 pain medication fee also):
*You must have $27 Cash in order to receive your appointment.
Receive your appointment:
* Your pet must be at least 3 months old to get spayed or neutered. Minimum weight varies by vet- generally pounds for a cat and 2-10 pounds for a dog. (Minimum age for a rabies shot is 4 months)
Take your pet(s) to the clinic appointment:
* We will give you an appointment date for surgery - check-in is between 7:30 - 8:30 am and pick up is tentatively between 4:30 - 5:30 pm the same day.
* Bring your pet's current rabies certificate if you have one. If you do not have the paperwork with you, the vet may give your pet a rabies show, as required by law - this cost is NOT covered by your copay. (The rabies tag is not sufficient proof of vaccination.)
We offer a FREE DHPP or FVRCP vaccine thanks to the @petcolove grant received.
Be on time to your vet appointment! If you must cancel, be sure to call the vet several days before the appointment so someone else can use the space!
Do I Qualify for the low cost spay/neuter program?
You must be a resident of Kay or Osage County in Oklahoma to participate in The Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program. *
You must own the cat or dog. The Program cannot provide assistance for stray or feral animals and you cannot apply for appointments to use for someone else's pet. *
The Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program is for residents who have no other options for financial assistance for pet spay/neuter. Our funds are limited so it is important that we serve those who need our help the most. *
College students who receive any financial support from parents are not eligible for the program unless their parents also qualify financially. *
There are two ways to qualify: (Note: Copy machines are often found at libraries, post offices, drugstores, and office supply stores.)
Provide proof of participation in assistance programs. Participation in one of the following programs will qualify your household automatically: Adult or Child Medicaid (Health Choice), Food Stamps, Emergency Assistance (EA), Energy Assistance (EEF), Section 8 Housing Assistance, WIC, or Work First.
OR Provide a copy (just the first page) of the last Federal tax return of each adult in your household. To qualify without public assistance, the combined gross income (amount before taxes are deducted for your entire household must fall within these guidelines:
1-person household (you)...............$18,000 or less
2-person household.........................$24,000 or less
3-person household.........................$30,000 or less
4-person household.........................$36,000 or less
Please contact us for guidelines if more than 4-person household.
If you qualify by current income but did not file taxes, or your income has decreased since your last tax return, please enclose a note of explanation and your best proof of income (W-2's, check stubs, etc.).
If you do NOT qualify for this program, please visit the link below for more information about the Oklahoma State Low-Income Spay/Neuter Program through the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and participating veterinarians, the state funds a spay/neuter program for low-income families. Apply through their website at http://www.okvma.org. For more information, visit the NOKHS shelter or call us at 580-767-8877.