FAQ About Spay and Neuter - Florida Animal Friend
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Frequently Asked Questions


No. But we are among their biggest fans. Especially the low to no-cost spay/neuter shelters and clinics that we support through grants funded by sales of our specialty license plates.


What we do?

Florida Animal Friend is a granting agency and not a spay/neuter provider.


Grant Funding Process?

The funds from every purchased plate and every separate donation add up to grants of up to $25,000 each for dozens of Florida nonprofit animal organizations working to end animal homelessness.


Purchase a Plate?

Each time you purchase a spay and neuter specialty license plate, Florida Animal Friend receives $25. We exclusively use that sum to fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs across the state. And that doesn’t just apply to first-time plate purchases!


What is Spay/Neuter?

Spaying is for female animals and neutering is for males. By spaying a female, she cannot become pregnant and have millions of baby puppies or kittens. By neutering a male, he is unable to impregnate a female animal. Both are surgical procedures and these surgeries and the animals are under general anesthesia and cannot feel any pain. The term “fixed” is another term for saying that the animal has been either spayed or neutered.


Why spay and neuter cats and dogs?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, on any given day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. That’s thousands of newborn litters left without a home. By spaying and neutering our pets, we truly can “fix” the problem of pet overpopulation.


Is it better to have one litter before spaying a female pet?

Evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier, even at the young age of eight weeks!


What if I want my children to experience the miracle of birth?

As adorable as one or two litters may be to children, imagine those animals being euthanized in animal shelters because they don’t have a home. Teach your children to value the miracle of life by spaying and neutering your pets.


What if my pet is purebred?

One of every four pets brought to animal shelters are purebred. Purebred or not, all animals who haven’t been spayed or neutered contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation.


Will it stop my dog from being protective?

A dog’s natural instinct is to protect its home and family. Neutering or spaying your pet has no effect on your dog’s innate personality.


Will my male dog or cat still feel like a male?

Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not have a sense of sexual identity. Your pet will not feel any less manly or masculine after being neutered.


What if I want a puppy or kitten, just like mine?

It is highly unlikely and there is no guarantee that a puppy or kitten will be a carbon copy of your favorite pet. As cute as you believe your pet may be, there are thousands of even cuter, sweeter and lovable pets waiting to have a family and home of their own.


What if I can find good homes for all the puppies and kittens?

You may be one of the thousands of families who are responsible in finding their pets’ litters a home; however, what about those other families who aren’t? Thousands of puppies and kittens end up homeless and compete with other stranded animals for a home because families don’t know what to do with them.


Is it expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered?

There are hundreds of low-cost spay and neuter service facilities all over the United States and many non-profit organizations supporting them! Call your local veterinarian or animal shelter for a list of recommended facilities near you or click on the link below for organizations that can help.