FSAS Programs and services
The simple truth is there are more puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats than there are homes for them. In Fort Smith animals are killed every year because good homes can not be found for them.
Be a responsible pet owner. Spay or Neuter your pet.
The benefits of spaying or neutering your pet are numerous. It is agreed, almost universally, that spayed and neutered pets will live longer healthier, happier lives than animals not been spayed or neutered.
The costs associated with ownership of a neutered pet is less; from; licensing, cleaning costs, through boarding fees to vet bills. Spaying or neutering is a sure way to save money on the log term cost of pet ownership.
Your spayed or neutered pet is much less prone to certain cancers, reproductive diseases and infections. They are less likely to wander from home; less likely to be involved in dominance or mating fights and therefore suffer injuries. They are less likely to “mark” inside your house. Most importantly, you won’t have to care for and try desperately to find homes for unexpected litters.
When should I spay or neuter?
The answer to that is simply as soon as your vet will perform the procedure. Prior to the first heat cycle in all females is best, there is less hormonal changes in the animal to occur.
Dogs should be spayed or neutered by six months of age. Cats should be spayed or neutered by 4 months of age.
What is the cost of Spaying or Neutering?
Prices range from $150.00 to $300.00 and up depending on circumstances or the risk of complications. While the price is going to be set by your veterinarian, it will depend to some degree on the age of your animal and, in the case of females, whether or not they are pregnant or in heat. FSAS has spay and neutering assistance programs available for those in need.
Micro Chipping is a permanent means of identifying your pet. A small transponder, approximate 11mm in length (think a grain of rice) is placed under the skin with a special injection tool, which looks like an oversized hypodermic need.
When a signal from a handheld scanner is sent to the transponder it transmits an encoded identification number. (This is much the same process as used in aircraft, by air traffic control systems just on much smaller scale.) This identification number is then read and displayed on the scanner.
The identification number can be searched, via the Internet and any web browser or using specialized software available to participating organizations, to immediately locate the owners. Provided this information is maintained as the owners move, the owner can be located in minutes. Read the article on a return after ten years! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3088123/ (will open in separate window)
Microchipping is no more painful than a set of vaccinations done by your vet. There may be some slight bleeding, more so than a normal injection, the needle is larger in diameter, however this is the only side effect we have really noticed. Many animals don’t even seem to notice the implant being done at all.
Cost of Micro-Chipping
The cost of micro-chipping your pet is a lot less than the heartache of a pet that cannot be returned to it's owner. We have have seen prices for micro-chipping vary from $25.00, registration extra, to as high as $175.00.The Fort Smith Animal Society no longer does micro-chipping, however we encourage you to have your pet micro-chipped by Mackenzie Veterinary Services when they are in town. The procedure only takes a few minutes and lasts for the life of your pet.