Spay & Neuter Program

The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society is working to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted pets in the community and surrounding area. The Spay Neuter program was begun in 2003 and continues to fill a vital need in providing lower cost spay and neuter surgeries.
The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for companion animals in Richland County and surrounding areas.  OMHS has seen success in reducing the unwanted pet population by placing altered pets for adoption, and by providing assistance to families who cannot afford the usual costs of spaying and neutering pets with the voucher program.

Who can apply?
Anyone in Richland County, WI, and surrounding areas. The voucher program is designed for those individuals and families who cannot afford full fees for spay or neuter surgery.

Is the program only for pets?  No, colonies of farm cats, feral, and free roaming cats can qualify.  The person applying for the assistance must catch the cats and bring them to the veterinary clinic chosen.

How can I apply?
Call (608) 604-9554 or email us

How does the Voucher Program work?  After a brief phone interview, a voucher for is sent to the qualifying recipient via the US Postal Service.  To arrange for the spay or neuter procedure, the recipient of the voucher must telephone or visit, in person,  the veterinary clinic they choose from the list to arrange for the date of the surgery.  The voucher specifies the amount the client must pay at the time of the spay or neuter and OMHS pays the balance. The recipient is encouraged to inquire about vaccination costs and the fees for any other procedure they are interested in having performed for their pet.  Any procedure other than the spay or neuter is paid by the client at the time of service, including vaccinations. OMHS does not have a lower cost vaccination program at this time.

Where do I bring my animal for spay or neuter surgery? The voucher program gives you a choice of where to take your pet.  The list of participating clinics below will be provided to you upon qualifying for the program.

Richland Veterinary Service, LLC  608-647-8944
Riverdale Veterinary Clinic  608-739-3123
Shireman Veterinary Clinic Ltd  608-647-6333
Spring Green Animal Hospital  608-588-3535
Barcee Veterinary Clinic  608-627-1442

How much does it cost?
  Assistance for spay and neuter for the pet depends on financial need. Call (608) 604-9554 for information.

Why is it important to have your pets “fixed?”

Each year, 3 to 5 million dogs and cats are euthanized at shelters in the United States because there aren’t enough good homes for them all. Many more are abandoned or mistreated.

A single un-spayed female cat and her mate and their offspring can produce and average of 12 kittens in one year, 67 in two years, 376 in three years, 2,107 in four years, and 11,801 in five years! Dogs are very prolific parents, too.

Your Veterinarian is your partner for keeping your pet safe and healthy. Talk to your vet about spaying and neutering your pets. The vet can explain details about the surgeries.

What progress has OMHS made with the program? 

Since 2003, OMHS has helped to spay or neuter well over 2,400 cats and dogs!

Program support

The OMHS spay/neuter program depends on donations and community fund-raisers to keep this important program going. Small grant support is available from time to time for special programs. 

To donate

OMHS encourages donations to the program to help our organization continue to provide assistance.  Any financial contribution to help families who need to get their dogs and cats “fixed” would be appreciated!

Your generous contribution to the Spay Neuter Voucher Program is tax deductible.  Please click on the Donate tab on the main menu of our site. Both credit card and PayPal are available but be certain to indicate in the comment or remarks dialog box that your donations if for the Spay Neuter Program.  The dialog box is small and a bit of a challenge to find. You are helping animals and you are assisting people continue to afford to keep the pets they love. You may also donate to the program by USPS mail.  Sent your kind donation to OMHS Spay Neuter Program, P.O. Box 229, Richland Center WI 53581.  Thank you!

Myths and facts about sterilization of pets… 

There are many myths about canine reproductive needs. Chiefly among these are the suspicion that neutering turns a male into a sissy and spaying causes a female to get fat and to lament her lost capacity.

The truth is that male dogs, especially those with a submissive personality, are usually better pets if they are neutered. They may have less desire to roam, to mark territory (including furniture), and, if neutered before sexual maturity, they may be less likely to exert dominance over family members. They may also be healthier pets: no testicles means no testicular cancer.

A word of caution, however. Neutering a dog reduces production of testosterone but does not eliminate this hormone. Thus a neutered dog, especially if he has a dominant character, may also retain his desire to roam and an assertive or even aggressive personality. Owners who depend on neutering to resolve behavior problems run a high risk of being disappointed unless they also train the pet to have good manners at home and in public.

Females also tend to be better pets if they do not experience oestrus every six-to-nine months. Heat cycles bring hormonal changes that can lead to personality changes, and oestrus females must be confined to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Repeated heat cycles may subject the reproductive system to uterine and mammary cancers as they age. Some bitches experience false pregnancies that can be a bother to deal with and uterine infections that can be fatal.

While the hormone changes caused by sterilization can contribute to overweight, dogs and bitches do not generally get fat simply as a result of spay or neuter surgery. Like other mammals, they gain weight if they eat too much and exercise too little or are genetically programmed to be hefty. Weight gain that follows sterilization surgery may be linked to those hormone changes but will be aggravated by continuing to feed a high energy diet to a dog that is reducing the need for energy as he reaches his adult size. Excess energy in the food becomes excess fat on the body.

As far as we know, dogs do not lament their lost capability to reproduce. They reproduce to ensure survival of their kind.  Bitches nurse their pups for a few weeks, teach them to behave like dogs, and go on. Males know nothing of fatherhood; they do not recognize pups as their own.

What is spaying a dog or cat?

Ovariohysterectomy: An ovariohysterectomy (OHE) or spay is the complete removal of the female reproductive tract. The ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns, and the uterus are removed. If the surgeon simply tied or obstructed the Fallopian tubes (the channel where the eggs must pass into the uterus) in order to make the female dog or cat sterile, she would still come into heat, attract males, and attempt to breed. Experience has shown that the best procedure is to perform a complete ovariohysterectomy.

Not only does this procedure prevent the animal from becoming pregnant, it also eliminates the twice-yearly heat cycles. The surgery removes the source of production of such hormones as estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are responsible for stimulating and controlling heat cycles and play a major role during pregnancy. But they also have other effects on the body and some of them are potentially harmful. Spaying a female can prevent mammary cancer, uterine infections, and tumors in the reproductive tract. There is no evidence that a pet suffers from any personality or emotional harm by having their ovaries removed. The uterus is also removed to insure that it does not become a source of infection over a period of time. 

What is neutering a dog or cat?

Neutering consists of surgically extirpating both of the cat or dog's testicles, making it impossible for the animal to produce sperm and testosterone. This operation is relatively simple. The doctor makes an incision in front of the scrotum and through that incision accesses each testicle. The fibrous coverings of the testicles are incised and each testicle is removed after securely ligating the blood vessels that attach to each testicle.  It is done with general anesthesia and the dog or cat usually recovers within a few hours. It's normal for the animal's scrotum to slightly swell, but it does not seem to bother  The dog will probably want to run about as normal but it is suggested for the pet to get as little exercise as possible for a few days. Neutering is useful to prevent certain hereditary diseases and significantly reduces prostate and testicular cancer. The benefits of having a dog and cat neutered are well documented. And to simply do a vasectomy to render the male sterile would not alleviate the scent marking, desire to breed, territorial defense and other testosterone driven behaviors. Even in guard dogs and hunting dogs, many owners report improved behavior and manageability when the dog has been neutered. 

  Do your cats and dogs a favor and have them spayed or neutered for a healthier and better life!

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