Pet Spay and Neutering Program – Just Fix It
Tragically, more than six million homeless pets and unwanted dogs or cats are euthanized in the United States every year. Here, in Broward County, thousands of these animals enter our shelters hoping for a second chance to find a new home. Many of the lucky ones have a happy ending and go on to live a better life; but for others it may sadly be the end of the road.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Broward County provides a vast network of low-to-no-cost pet sterilization resources. Making the choice to spay or neuter your pet is one of the best ways to guarantee we can stop pet overpopulation and end euthanasia of healthy animals. Prevent an unwanted litter and you’ll be saving lives.
Fixing your pet also provides other important health benefits:
- Behaviors such as mounting, urine spraying and some forms of male aggression (relating to females in heat) are reduced due to the decrease in hormone levels brought about by neutering.
- Medical evidence suggests that spaying reduces the risk of mammary tumors considerably in female dogs when done before 2.5 years and even more so if done before the first heat. A mammary tumor is a very common disorder of female dogs and more than 50% end up being malignant. Spaying female dogs more than two years before the removal of mammary tumors increases her survival odds by 45%.
- Your pet chances at a longer life due to better health are increased. A healthier pet means less trips to the vet’s office and a cost savings for you!
The SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together) Program provides access to more than 35 participating animal clinics for low cost spay and neutering services. Broward County residents, who meet federal income eligibility requirements, can arrange to have the family pet sterilized (spay/neuter/fix) for a low $10 co-pay. If your pet is a bully breed, the co-pay is sponsored through a special fund set aside to provide free services for pits and other bully breeds.
The SPOT Program is funded by a $3 surcharge on Broward County rabies registration tags. Proceeds from the surcharge are used to pay participating veterinarians at a reduced surgery fee.
Eligibility for the SPOT Program is based on the number of people in your household and your yearly gross income (before taxes). You must meet the most recent federal low-income guidelines (up to 80% of the median household income).
Applicants MUST own the pet identified and the pet MUST live in Broward County!
Pet Owners Must:
Provide proof of residency in Broward County, using any one of the following:
- Copy of most recent utility bill (electric, water, phone, cable)
- Copy of most recent property tax bill
- Copy of most recent Florida Driver License
- Copy of most recent Florida Vehicle Registration
- Copy of most recent lease
Provide proof of income, using any one of the following:
How the Program Works
- Copy of most recent payroll check or stub
- Copy of most recent W2 or tax return
- Copy of most recent Social Security or Supplementary Security Income (SSI) benefits letter
- Copy of most recent eligibility letter for public assistance, such as food stamps, HUD, Medicaid or Unemployment compensation
- Submit your completedSPOT application
- Please allow up to 14 business days for processing.
- Once your SPOT application is approved, you will receive your voucher(s) either by mail or email, along with a list of participating veterinarians.
- There is a maximum of four (4) pets per household per year that are allowed to be spayed/neutered under the SPOT program.
- Another dog or cat and her litter of puppies/kittens count as one pet for eligibility purposes.
- Each voucher is valid for up to three months and will expire after 90 days. Once a voucher expires, you must re-apply.
- You must make an appointment for the surgery with one of the participating veterinarians.
- At the time of surgery, you are required to pay the $10 (cash only) co-payment per pet to the veterinarian. Prior to performing any service on your animal, be sure to discuss any additional fees with the veterinarian prior to surgery. As the pet owner, you will be responsible for paying any additional fees for other services agreed to.
- Animal Care and Adoption will also provide, at no additional charge, a rabies vaccination and required rabies registration tag for each pet fixed through the SPOT Program. The tag expires one year from the date of the rabies vaccination. The tag will be mailed to you once we receive confirmation that your pet has been fixed. A current rabies registration tag is required for all dogs and cats living in Broward County and for the safety of the pet should be worn at all times.
- If you elected to receive your voucher(s) electronically, and you do not see our email in your regular inbox, please check your "junk/spam" folder(s) if your emails are filtered before you contact us.
How do I Apply!
Animal Care and Adoption Division
1870 SW 39th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
- As an extra convenience, you may also submit your application and backup documentation electronically: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information,please contact the SPOT Coordinator at 954-359-1313 ext. 9276.