About Pay To Spay
Pay To Spay (PTS) incorporated in Florida and was awarded federal 501(c)(3) status in 2016. Our mission is to incentivize the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats in order to reduce the number of unwanted animals. To that end, we work in rural counties in North Central Florida that have relatively high euthanasia rates to help people overcome barriers to sterilizing their pets. We provide access to surgery, motivation to get pets “fixed”, and education to help pet owners understand why this is so critically important.
Our name, Pay To Spay, comes from our original idea that there would be a significant number of reluctant or recalcitrant pet owners who might be incentivized by gift cards, a line item in our budget. However, we have found the great majority of pet owners are willing and even eager to sterilize their pets, but need help overcoming the obstacles of high cost and lack of transportation. We still have gift cards available, but they are rarely used.
Owned pets that are not spayed or neutered are the primary cause of unowned (stray) animals at great cost to communities and the environment. Free-roaming dogs and cats often suffer from parasites, hunger or injuries, and they carry disease and pose threats to pets and wildlife. (Outdoor cats are conservatively estimated to be responsible for killing more than 1.3 billion birds and 6.3 billion mammals in the U.S. every year.) Animal control services and shelters capture, house, occasionally re-adopt, and often euthanize these animals at tax-payer expense. In 2018, for example, one of our county shelters took in 591 stray cats and euthanized 469 of them. By encouraging pet owners to sterilize their dogs and cats and facilitating this by providing transportation and subsidizing the cost, Pay To Spay goes directly to the source of the problem.
Our low-cost spay/neuter program is made possible through our success in negotiating discounted procedure fees of our local veterinarians who wish to participate in our program. We then give qualifying pet owners certificates for spay/neuter at participating practices for small co-payments ($20 per cat, $40 per dog). We subsidize the difference with our own funds. We promote the availability of these services at farm stores, grocery stores, donut shops and other places where people gather as well as online.
In February 2019, through our sponsorship, the first Neuter Commuter Mobile Surgery Unit was introduced to our communities. This convenient service is made possible by our grant award through The Wagmore Foundation and one of our participating veterinary clinics. This service is designed to help pet owners who may not be able to travel to get their pets sterilized. We currently hold Neuter Commuter clinics in Chiefland, Old Town and Cross City. In 2020, thanks to the generosity of the Wagmore Foundation, we will be able to hold two Neuter Commuter clinics a month.