Vania Maldonado of the San Diego Rescue Examiner has written a GREAT and HELPFUL article about spaying and neutering programs in San Diego...and with kitten season RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...this is critical info to save your pet and your money! :0)
Whether you just adopted an unaltered kitten or your cat had a litter, it’s important to spay/neuter all your pets. Kittens can be fixed as young as two months or at two pounds. Some vets are reluctant to fix kittens this young, and will ask you to wait until the kitten is at least 4 months old which is a problem if you’re trying to adopt out your kittens. If this happens to you, tell the vet that the kitten is going to be adopted out and needs to be fixed to be adoption-ready. If the vet still refuses, find another vet, there are plenty out there that will fix a two-month old kitten.
The Spay Neuter Action Project is a wonderful program for low income families (see www.snap-sandiego.org/ns_pricing.php for eligibility requirements). While fees usually range from $20 - $40 per pet, sometimes SNAP has special events where your kitten can be fixed for as little as $10. The Pet Assistance Foundation of San Diego can refer you to vets that offer low cost spay/neuter options in your area. The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services also has a list of low cost spay/neuter vets (http://www.sddac.com/docs/vetinfo.pdf).
If you live in the unincorporated area of San Diego County, the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee, or Solana Beach, you can get a voucher from the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. If you live in Oceanside or Vista, the San Diego Humane Society North Campus provides vouchers . You can also look into Spay USA.
For a litter of kittens, you can contact the San Diego Humane Society about their Litter Abatement Program to see if you qualify. With this program, you relinquish the kittens and mom and dad cat gets fixed for free. Make sure you call to make an appointment and find out how the program works. Also, tell the humane society you want to be contacted if the animal is not adoptable so you can reclaim it. If you don’t choose this option and your pet is found not adoptable, it might be killed. The thing to remember with shelters is they have strange definitions of terms like “no-kill”, “healthy”, or “adoptable” so be sure you understand their terms and policies if you choose this option.