Spaying or neutering is one of the TOP ways to be a responsible pet owner. For those concerned about the cost, many areas have low cost programs or assistance programs to help you cover the costs. Adopters of un-neutered and un-spayed dogs and cats adopted from the Hillside SPCA receive a substantial credit that will be deducted from the veterinarian’s bill when the procedure is done. In addition to the obvious benefit of reducing unwanted litters, spaying and neutering can have wide-spread health benefits, too. It helps prevent many reproductive organ cancers and dramatically cuts the risks of “roaming” animals being killed on the highway since the urge to “roam” has been reduced.

We encourage you to spay and neuter animals that you have as pets, no matter where they came from. It is the LAW that you spay or neuter your animal if it came from an animal shelter or humane society in Pennsylvania. Please call us (570-622-7769) or visit us if you have any questions concerning cost, procedures or benefits. We will assist you in every way that we can.

If you would like to sponsor a spay or neuter for an animal in residence at the Hillside SPCA, you can click here for a form which you can fill in and send with your donation.


Neutering males is as important as spaying females. One male can father many more puppies or kittens than any female can give birth to over a lifetime. Neutering reduces the risks involved with “roaming”, It also reduces fighting and aggressive behavior and spraying.

Spayed and neutered animals tend to live longer since the risk of many cancers and other disorders is prevented or reduced. Since neutering reduces the urge to “roam”, many animals have a much longer lifespan because they are not running free, crossing streets and getting hit by cars, ingesting poisons, etc.

Animals have no emotional need to reproduce. They don’t suffer emotionally from being neutered. Their personality does not depend on motherhood… or fatherhood. They don’t get fat and lazy after being neutered or spayed if they get proper diet and exercise. The health risks of spaying and neutering far outweigh the slight risk involved with the surgery.

You may think that if your dog or cat has puppies or kittens you can find homes for them yourself but remember this. Many times there are 4, 5, 6, 7 or more offspring involved. Until it’s time to find homes, you need to care for them all. You need to help feed them, train them, pay for the food, veterinary care – including worming and shots – and supplies… And when it comes time to find homes… what if you can’t? There are only so many homes to go around.

Think about this. It has been shown in animal welfare studies that more than 11 million animals a year are taken into animal shelters. Only about 4 million are adopted or returned to their home… That leaves 7 million animals left to be care for by only 6,400 shelters across the nation. There are approximately 5,500 animals born each hour in the United States. This is a massive over-population problem and spaying and neutering is essential in reducing the birth rate.

If you think the cost of owning and caring for one or two animals is high, the cost of running an animal shelter is staggering. The animals need medical care, good food, vaccinations, operations and more. The buildings cost money to maintain and operate, heat and cool. The monetary expense is high…. emotional expense is even higher. Every day – day in and day out – the shelter staff and volunteers must deal with abused animals, sick and dying animals, the emotional stress involved with the possibility of having to euthanize animals and more heartbreaking situations than anyone should have to handle.

If you have questions on spaying or neutering or need more information, we urge you to contact us at 570-622-7769 or visit us during our regular hours. If you need financial assistance for spaying or neutering, we may be able to provide help depending on your circumstances.

Of Interest…


No dog or cat may be adopted by a new owner from a releasing agency unless the animal has been sterilized by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine or unless the new owner signs agreement to have the animal sterilized by or under the supervision of a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine and deposits funds with the releasing agency to ensure that the adopted animal will be sterilized. The amount of the deposit required shall be determined by each releasing agency. In no event shall the required deposit be less than $30 for a dog or $20 for a cat.

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