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County News Service

January 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- Breeding season is underway and San Diego County Animal Services is offering spay/neuter discount coupons throughout the month of January to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals that typically arrive in the spring. 

Animal Services has offered discount coupons in the past, but this time the discount is $50 higher. Coupons for female dogs, cats and rabbits will now take $100 off the regular price of a spay/neuter procedure while coupons for male dogs, cats and rabbits will see a discount of $75.

The Animal Services’ website lists 76 veterinarians throughout the county who will perform the surgery at a reduced cost. If the coupon is taken to one of the listed veterinarians, the cost of altering a pet can drop dramatically or even go away entirely.

Spaying and neutering offers health and welfare benefits to pets and helps reduce the strain on animal care facilities that take in homeless animals. The coupons are available for dogs, cats and rabbits but Animal Services is particularly concerned about cats this time of year. Females can get pregnant while they are still nursing a litter.  

“We are inundated with hundreds of unwanted kittens every year during kitten season,” said County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. “By offering the discount coupons during breeding season, we’re hoping to see a decrease in the numbers of unwanted pets we start getting in April and peaking in May.”  

Up to six coupons per family are available to residents in the unincorporated areas of the County and Animal Services’ six contract cities of San Diego, Santee, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Del Mar.

Pet owners have 60 days to use the coupons and 30 days to return them to Animal Services to get reimbursed.

Residents can pick up the coupons from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at any one of the three animal care facilities or by calling Animals Services at (619) 767-2632.