Spay/Neuter Your Pet

This page is informational and in no way replaces consulting a veterinarian.
Why it is important

Many people will tell you that it is important to spay or neuter your pet to help curb the homeless pet population. Although this is true, the biggest reason to spay or neuter your pet is for the health and well being of your dog or cat.

Spaying a female kitten or puppy will help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which historically has been fatal in fifty (50) percent of dogs and ninety (90) percent of cats. Neutering a male kitten or puppy decreases testicular cancer in dogs as well.

Behaviorally, spayed and neutered dogs and cats are more focused on their human family. They are less likely to mark their territory by spraying strong smelling urine all over the house. It also can avoid aggression.

Most importantly Spaying and neutering your pet can be very cost effective.

As of December 20, 2017, Two Hearts Animal Rescue has been approved as an

Animal Referral Agency for the
NJ Animal Population Control Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program!

Under New Jersey Public Law 1986, Chapter 192; Public Law 1989, Chapter 238 and NJ Public Law 1991, Chapter 405, you may be eligible to spay/neuter your new pet at a substantial discount with a participating veterinarian.

Participating veterinarians will not accept for surgery any pet that does not meet the eligibility requirements. Pets must be adopted prior to scheduling the appointment for surgery.


The requirements are:

  1. Dogs and cats must be adopted from an agency or facility that has been approved

    and issued a code number - Two Hearts Animal Rescue code Number is R354.

  2. Dogs must be licensed, prior to the appointment for surgery, in the NJ municipality in

    which the owner resides. Cats are not required to be licensed.

  3. Written proof of adoption, issued by the sheltering facility or adoption referral service,

    must be presented to the veterinarian. (this is your adoption contract)

  4. The pet owner must pay a $20 co-payment fee to the veterinarian at the time of

    appointment of surgery.

  5. Pets must be scheduled for surgery within one year from the date of their adoption.

  6. Pet owners must certify that they have adopted and own the pet being presented for surgery. A significant penalty may be assessed as the law regulating the program states that”...any person who knowingly furnishes any licensed veterinarians of this state with inaccurate information concerning the ownership of an animal submitted for animal sterilization procedure shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $250 for the first offense and not more than $500 for the second and each subsequent offense...”

Additional information or questions go to:

If you do not qualify for the NJ Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program we recommend purchasing a low cost certificate from Friends of Animals which can be used at a large number of veterinarians.