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Maddies' Fund Provides Low Cost Spay/Neuter in NYC

Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project NYC Goes Live!

Now New York City residents who have a valid Medicaid card can have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered for a special low price: $10 for cats and $20 for dogs. The Mayor's Alliance and the Veterinary Medical Association of NYC this month launched Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project NYC. The project, made possible by a generous grant from Maddie's Fund, will help to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in NYC by decreasing the number of unwanted canine and feline pregnancies.

Anyone who lives within the five boroughs of New York City and has a valid Medicaid card can have up to a total of six cats or dogs (or a combination of cats/dogs totaling no more than six) spayed or neutered each year for a special low price at participating veterinarians.

To take advantage of this low-cost offer, all a qualified person needs to do is: .
* Locate a participating veterinarian from the list provided on the Mayor's Alliance web site
* Call the veterinarian and make an appointment for the surgery
* Bring his/her valid Medicaid card and photo ID to the appointment (the veterinarian will photocopy the card) and
* Pay the veterinarian for the surgery - $10 each cat, $20 each dog; up to a total of six animals within a 12-month period.

These special low fees apply only to spay or neuter surgeries. If a pet requires additional care, such as pre-surgery testing of an older pet or other procedures, those costs will be in addition to the spay/neuter fees. The veterinarian will inform the owner/guardian prior to the surgery if additional costs will be incurred.

The Mayor's Alliance is managing the administration of the Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project NYC, and will be getting the word out to as many qualified New Yorkers as possible through the media and NYC's social services networks.

If you or someone you know qualifies for this important life-saving program, now is as good a time as any to take advantage of this opportunity.

Remember, spaying or neutering makes good sense - for the animals and their owner/guardians
* Eliminates the chance of unwanted pregnancies
* Helps reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs
* Can help avoid some health problems (and their associated costs) later in your cat's or dog's life
* Can help eliminate some problem behaviors.



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