Thousands of dogs and cats in Madison County die each year because no one wants them … Responsible pet owners spay and neuter their pets.

What is spaying?
Spaying prevents female animals from reproducing.

What is neutering?
Neutering prevents male animals from reproducing.


Jackson’s new spay/neuter law took effect Sept. 1, 2019

All cats and dogs with few exceptions must be spayed or neutered by the time they are 6 months old.

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Why spay or neuter your pet?

  • Save lives.
    Thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are born each year in Madison County. Preventing your pet from reproducing will help decrease the number of homeless pets.
  • Save money.
    The cost to spay/neuter is a lot less than the cost to feed, worm and vaccinate an entire litter of kittens or puppies.
  • Reduce undesirable behaviors.
    Such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam, and eliminate the messiness of a female’s heat cycle.
  • Improve your pet’s health.
    Neutering/spaying can reduce many different types of cancer in both male and female pets.
  • Improve your pet’s personality.
    Pets tend to be calmer, better behaved and more affectionate. Eliminating the need to find a mate decreases aggressive tendencies.

Did you know?

Female cats can breed three times a year and have an average of 4 kittens per litter. Dogs can breed twice a year with litters of 6 – 10 puppies. In just seven years, one non spayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens; one non spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies. Source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Protecting Pets

“This new law will set a precedence across the state to help control the explosive pet population, especially in Madison County. The cost is minimal, but the effects are exponential. The benefits for the animals include longer healthier lives, less uterine infections and less mammary cancer, no heat cycles, less roaming for males and, most importantly for the community, fewer stray animals on the street.”

- Dr. Danny Walker, UTM Veterinary Technology Program professor and former Jackson veterinarian