Spay & Neuter Law
Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) is the surgery done by a veterinarian to prevent animals from reproducing (making puppies, kittens, etc.). This is sometimes called “altering” or “fixing” your pet. Spaying/neutering is an important part of reducing the homeless pet population. If every pet owner spayed or neutered their pets, animal shelters would have fewer homeless pets.
The Truth About Spaying/Neutering
Spaying or neutering is a safe and relatively painless procedure that is done by a veterinarian. Female pets SHOULD NOT have one litter of puppies or kittens before being spayed— this defeats the whole purpose! It is actually better for a female to not have a litter or a heat period before being spayed.
Spaying or neutering WILL NOT make your pet fat and lazy. Too much food and not enough exercise is the main cause of obesity in pets. Having a male pet neutered WILL NOT take away their “guard dog” instinct. He will still be as protective of his territory/family as he was before the surgery.
Most pets can be spayed/neutered as early as eight to ten weeks of age.
Mandatory Spaying & Neutering
Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixed dogs over the age of 4 months are required to be spayed or neutered. Please see County Code 32.1501 for more information.
Dogs older than 4 months must be spayed or neutered if their owner has violated State laws or County Codes regarding animals. Please see County Code 32.1502 for more information.
Spay & Neuter Voucher Program
Residents living in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County are eligible to receive a spay or neuter voucher of $50.00 for dogs and $25.00 for cats. The pet owner is responsible for any veterinary charges that go over these amounts. For more information, please contact the Pet OverPopulation Coalition (POPCO) at (888) 767-2550. A POPCO volunteer will return your email or voicemail within 2 days.
Vouchers can be redeemed at participating veterinarians who will then perform the surgery. View the current list of veterinarians participating in the voucher program.
Veterinarians interested in participating in the Spay and Neuter Voucher Program should contact the Animal Care and Control Program Manager at (800) 472-5609.
Spay & Neuter Assistance in Other Areas
Spay California maintains a County List of spay/neuter resources in each county of California.