Gateway Pet Guardians has spent years battling the overpopulation of stray and unwanted animals in the Metro East, but our Spay/Neuter Program has made a significant impact on the homeless pet population in our service area. We provide a free spay/neuter package to residents with pets in the following zip codes: 62201, 62203, 62204, 62205, 62206, 62207. The package also includes rabies and DHPP/FVRCP vaccines, microchip, nail trim, and dewormer. If interested in our package, call (618) 687-8007 ext. 5.
If you reside outside of these zip codes, there are resources available to subsidize the surgery for your pet. The following resources are available:
- Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic: 314-771-7387
- The Four Hearts Foundation: 618-960-4984 (St. Clair County residents
- Belleville Area Humane Society: (618) 235-3712 (Belleville, Illinois)
- APA of Missouri: (314) 645-4610 (St. Louis, Missouri)
- Metro East Humane Society: (618) 656-4405
12 reasons to spay or neuter your pet
- Spaying/neutering helps reduce the homeless pet epidemic, stopping the reproduction of unwanted litters.
- Spayed/neutered community cats help stabilize the homeless cat population so that colonies can more easily coexist with their neighbors.
- Spayed/neutered animals live a healthier and longer life.
- Spayed/neutered animals tend to be more affectionate and calmer.
- Spaying a female gets rid of their heat cycle, which means it also gets rid of the bleeding, nervous behaviors, and crying that comes with the heat cycle.
- Spaying a female eliminates the risk of a difficult delivery.
- Spaying/neutering an animal is more cost effective in the long run–no litters to care for!
- Neutering a male reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancers.
- Spaying a female reduces the risk for uterine infections and breast tumors.
- Spayed/neutered animals are not at risk of contracting a reproductive disease.
- Neutering a male reduces their desire to roam and chase females, which can expose them to traffic, fights, injury, theft, and abuse.
- Neutering a male reduces their tendencies to fight over females in heat.