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Cook County Offers to Help 'Fix' Your Pet

All Cook County pet owners are eligible for a rebate program for having their pet spayed or neutered during National Spay and Neuter Month.

Cook County is offering all residents a $40 credit for having their pet spayed or neutered throughout February—National Spay and Neuter Month.

So why should you get your pet fixed? Spayed and neutered pets tend to live three to five years longer than those which aren’t, according to a press release from the county. If that’s not convincing enough, consider the millions of dogs and cats euthanized every year as a result of unwanted pregnancy.

“The procedure not only helps your pet live a longer, healthier life, it benefits the community because it reduces the number of strays and unwanted animals in our neighborhoods,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a press release. “Communities spend millions of tax dollars every year providing care for animals abandoned on the streets.”

All Cook County pet owners interested in the rebate must provide proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccine. The credit will be applicable to any veterinarian of the owner’s choosing. A maximum of two pets per owner are eligible for the credit.

Call the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control office at (708) 974-6140 for more information

kym johnson February 05, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Unfortunately, the Cook County Animal control website still has 2012 dates listed.
Dinkum February 05, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Yeah, how is the being funded? With my tax dollars? Sheesh.
SouthSide February 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Would you rather see millions more dogs and cats running around your neighborhood, or worse, euthanized in animal shelters? Sheesh.
SouthSide February 05, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Adopt a pet from a nonprofit animal welfare organization such as South Suburban Humane Society (Chicago Heights) or Animal Welfare League (Chicago Ridge). These animals are already "fixed" and the adoption costs are very low. If you have an unaltered pet, make an appointment with your Vet or with a nonprofit spay/neuter clinic such as South Suburban Humane Society's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Glenwood, IL, to take advantage of this month's cost reductions. A responsible pet guardian is a good neighbor.

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