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Prevent a Litter — Fix Your Critter

This unseasonably warm weather has us all thinking about Spring. And with Spring, comes breeding season. That’s why February is designated as Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, and National Prevent a Litter Month.

We love kittens and puppies as much as the next person, but one of the most important decisions you can make is to spay or neuter your pet. 


Stray and free-roaming animals often never make it back home or to an animal shelter, making it difficult to control animal populations. Whether lost or unwanted, shelters continue to fill and overfill with strays and surrenders, and they can only do so much. You must do your part to help stop the animal overpopulation crisis.

What can you do?

In addition to adopting, make sure every animal in your care is spayed or neutered as soon as possible (usually around 2 months of age).

  • Kittens can become pregnant as young as 4 months 
  • Puppies can become pregnant as young as 5-6 months

Even if your pet is an adult, they should still be spayed or neutered. Not only is spaying and neutering important to prevent overpopulation and keep more pets from ending up in shelters, but it’s also key to keeping your pets from wandering off and getting lost. Unneutered males have a higher tendency to wander off from your home and get lost trying to seek out females. Females will also benefit from spaying surgery, as fewer males will attempt to seek them out. 

Get Your Spay/Neuter Coupon — & help spread the word!

In observance of Prevent a Litter Month, ECCHA is offering a Spay/Neuter Coupon at any of the 20 participating veterinarian clinics to get a discount on the cost of the surgery in February and March:

  • Animal Wellness Center
  • Ark Animal Hospital
  • Augusta Veterinary Clinic
  • Chippewa Valley Vet Clinic
  • Chippewa Veterinary Clinic
  • Colfax Animal Hospital
  • Dr. Reiter’s Veterinary Clinic
  • Healthy Pet Altoona
  • Healthy Pet Chetek
  • Healthy Pet Rice Lake
  • Hoof and Paw Clinic
  • Kindness Animal Hospital
  • Lake Wissota Animal Hospital
  • Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
  • Osseo Veterinary Clinic
  • Riverview Animal Hospital
  • Rock Falls Veterinary Care
  • Westgate Animal Hospital
Click to download the coupon

Don’t have a pet that needs surgery? Tell your friends and help spread the word!

For information on additional resources available to help with the cost of spaying/neutering your pet, contact us or call us at 715-839-4747.


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Whether you’re looking to adopt, volunteer or simply want to chat about your love for animals, we’re all ears (and paws). Contact us today!

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