*READ Ponca City’s Spay and Neuter Ordinance*
The Ponca City Spay and Neuter Ordinance for dogs and cats went into effect June 9, 2009. This ordinance was adopted in response to significant community support for responsible pet owners. The goal of this Ordinance is to reduce the number of stray, unwanted, and hungry animals in Ponca City, which will in turn reduce the number of animal attacks by providing a safe community for all citizens and pets.
In general the Spay and Neuter Ordinance No. 6086 means:
- All dogs and cats over the age of six months must be either spayed or neutered.
- Your veterinarian will document proof of spaying / neutering on your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, although your vet may choose to furnish other proof.
- A Whelping Permit is required within ten days of the birth of each litter of puppies or kittens. Female dogs and cats are limited to one litter per year.
- For questions about the Spay and Neuter Ordinance, please call Animal Control at 580.767.0401
Why Spay or Neuter?
Every year in the United States, an estimated three to four million cats and dogs are killed in animal shelters. The simple fact is that there are far more cats and dogs in the world than there are people who are willing or able to be guardians. Most were recklessly or accidentally bred, resulting in a serious animal companion overpopulation crisis that causes immense suffering for its victims and heartbreak for those who work to save their lives.
No matter how homeless animals end up shelters—whether they are purchased from a breeder or puppy mill and later relinquished, ferals or strays picked up from the street, or lost family pets—their fate is too often to die, even though most are perfectly healthy and adoptable.
While the population explosion is the result of not one but many causes, the fact that these millions of deaths could be prevented makes them all the more tragic and intolerable. Encouraging people to adopt animals from shelters instead of buying them is important. However, it is even more imperative that our society implement measures to reduce the number of puppies and kittens being born at the source. This can best be accomplished by spaying and neutering as many animals as possible.
What is “Altering” Your Pet?
Spaying/neutering means sterilizing dogs and cats so that they can’t reproduce. Female animals are spayed by performing a surgical procedure to remove their uterine organs so they cannot be impregnated, while neutering involves castrating male animals so they are unable to inseminate females. Both operations are done using anesthesia typically on dogs and cats older than eight weeks of age. It is never too late to spay or neuter your pet. Spaying or neutering your pet is a very safe procedure. Call us to learn more! 580.767.8877
Good for your pet
Pets that are spayed/neutered have decreased or zero risk of certain types of cancer. Spaying or neutering your pet can decrease the risk of diseases that are expensive to treat Animals that are fixed make better companions because they are not motivated to wander in search of a mate.
Good for you–eliminate annoying behavior problems!
Neutered male cats are significantly less likely to spray (urine-marking) or wander in search of females. Female dogs or cats in heat can cry incessantly, act nervous and attract males from all around. Spaying eliminates the heat cycle. Animals that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to bite, roam or get into fights.
Good for the community
It can cost up to $176 dollars to capture, house and either adopt or euthanize stray and unwanted pets. These are your tax dollars. However, it costs only $30 to $60 to get your animal fixed at our clinic. A compassionate society knows there is a better way to solve overpopulation than needlessly euthanizing unwanted animals.
More Information on Spay/Neuter
Low Income Family Spay, Neuter and Vaccination Assistance Programs
In 2006, the Ponca City Humane Society partnered with our local participating veterinarians and started a low cost spay/neuter and vaccination program for families making $25,000/year or less. This successful program is made possible due to the commitment of reducing pet overpopulation, the kind and generous donations of PCHuS supporters and our wonderful veterinarians. More information may obtained by visiting or calling the PCHuS shelter.
In addition, through the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and participating veterinarians, the state funds a spay/neuter program for low income families. Information and application form by may be obtained through their website http://www.okvma.org and by visiting or calling the PCHuS shelter.
Our Local Veterinarians
- Dr. Judy Roberds – The Visiting Vet – 580-765-3355
- Dr. Lisa Good – Ponca City Animal Hospital – 580-765-3339
- Taylor Oldfield Veterinary – 580-762-7887
- Dr. Adam Free – North Central Veterinary – 580-362-3366
- Hartford Animal Clinic – 580-765-8681
- Blackwell Animal Hospital – 580-363-1502
- Tonkawa Veterinary – 580-628-3278