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Announcing great news for Las Vegas area pets

On Wednesday, November 19, the Las Vegas City Council passed an ordinance that mandates the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats (with certain exceptions) by four months of age. We are thrilled with this fantastic news! Heaven Can Wait has been actively working toward getting this law passed to make a potentially dramatic change in the staggering impound and euthanasia rates in Las Vegas. If owners must sterilize pets at the beginning of their lives, the pets won’t reproduce — especially important if the animal ends up homeless as a runaway or abandoned pet. With Lied Animal Shelter taking in about 50,000 animals a year and euthanizing half of them, adopting our way out of the problem isn’t the solution. This is a proactive measure that will prevent litters from being born; therefore reducing the need to rescue and euthanize. The ordinance, along with HCWS actively going out into Las Vegas’ high-need neighborhoods and offering free sterilizations, is a very positive development for animals in the Las Vegas area!

If you or someone you know needs to get their pet spayed or neutered please visit the Heaven Can Wait Spay and Neuter Clinic for low cost, high-quality care. Cat surgeries start at $50 and dogs are $115. Prices include vaccines.


9 Responses

  1. This is great news! Thanks for all the wonderful work you do to save animals.

  2. This is great news! We are one step closer to making Las Vegas a safer and more humane place for our pets. Great job HCWS!

  3. Thanks HCWS for supporting this ordinance – you guys walk the walk AND talk the talk!

  4. Glad to hear that spaying and neutering is required, BUT the prices for that and the shots are way too high!

    • Our prices are the lowest you will find in Las Vegas. We are working to get them even lower but we are always willing to work with someone if they cannot afford to get their animal spayed/neutered. All they need to do is inquire. We aren’t out to make a profit, just a difference in Las Vegas animals lives.

  5. I think this is great, but I would like to know how it is going to be enforced… Please send me more info! I would appreciate it. Also, what about breeders? Thank you!

    • Enforcement will start slow at first. For example if animal control is called to a home because a dog is barking too much and they find that the dog is unsterilized then they will site owner. Also if a dog or cat is picked up by animal because they got loose and they aren’t sterilized the owner will be required to spay/neuter them or they will face a fine. Our main goal is start educating people on the importance of spaying/neutering and hopefully one day it will be as automatic as putting your seat belt on in the car. So far this has been very successful in North Las Vegas.

      As for breeders – they must have a dog or cat fancier’s license to be exempt from the law. This will hopefully keep that honest, dedicated breeders successful and the backyard breeders will eventually disappear.

      HCWS will work with anyone that needs to get their pet spayed/neutered.

  6. I have 4 pit bull puppies I adopted they all need to be fixed i cant afford it can I get help?

  7. I, too, possess a pit-bull who is the most loving animal I’ve ever owned. Quickly, a new dog breed will can come together for the media to blast, as they have carried out rotties and dobies in prior many years. Unfortunate that media sensationalism breeds much inaccurate details.

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