Spay and Neuter

Thank you for your interest in pet adoption from ARRF!
ARRF always spays/neuters a pet prior to adoption, as well as giving the pet recommended shots along with any medical treatment necessary to make sure the pet is healthy. The sterilization of your cat or dog increases his/her chance of a longer and healthier life!

What is spay/neuter? The word “spay” refers to the sterilization (or altering) of female pets. The term “neuter,” while commonly used to refer to the castration of male pets, generally describes the sterilization (or altering) of both female and male pets.

According to, “Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.”

In females, spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle. In males, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease.

If you are concerned that your pet might become overweight after spaying or neutering, keep in mind that just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. An appropriate diet and sufficient activity is all it takes to keep your pet slender and healthy after spaying or neutering.

When in doubt ask your Veterinarian. Always consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based upon its breed, age and physical condition and discuss the health benefits and how spaying and neutering can benefit your pets.

Additional Resources

We do all we can to help end the suffering of lost and/or abandoned
pets in San Diego County.

Would you like to be a foster parent?

ARRF relies on a network of "foster parents" to provide short and long-term care for dogs and cats in their homes. By offering your time, love, and attention, you prepare your foster dog, puppy, cat, or kitten for adoption into a permanent, loving home!

Animal Rescue Resource Foundation