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If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered but you are having trouble affording the cost of surgery, we may be able to help.


Through our Spay the County program, we have certificates available for low-income residents of Mahaska County, IA to get their pet spayed or neutered for little to no cost. 


Interested pet owners are encouraged to download a spay/neuter assistance application and bring the completed form to the SMAS along with proof of income for the past 30 days (i.e., recent paystub, statement of benefits from state assistance programs, etc...), and proof of residence (such as a piece of mail). If you qualify for the Spay the County program, we will issue you a certificate that you can use at a participating veterinary clinic to have your pet spayed or neutered for little to no cost. 



Spaying or neutering your pet is a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership and has many benefits to both you and your pet. Spaying or neutering can help curb spraying in cats, marking territory in dogs, roaming far from home, fighting with other animals, and other common behavior problems associated with sexual maturity. In addition, spaying or neutering your pet can prevent several health problems that can arise later in life such as pyometria, mastitis, and several types of cancer.

Click here to view the ASPCA'S top 10 reasons to spay/neuter pets.

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter © 2018

1716 Pella Ave, PO Box 45, Oskaloosa, IA 52577


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