Vet's Perspective

Pet Overpopulation Estimates



Pennies for Pets

Our low cost spay/neuter program Pennies for Pets was founded in 1997 by HSSI board member Edna Fredman. Over 4,000 animals have been neutered/spayed through this program since it began, preventing countless unwanted litters and the resulting suffering of innocent animals.

On the first day of every month we sell spay/neuter vouchers for $35 each. There is a limit of one voucher per household per month due to high demand. If you are interested in receiving a voucher, we recommend that you arrive at the shelter by 11:00 a.m. on the first because it is "first come first serve" and there is usually a line. The shelter does not open until 12:00 p.m. We usually sell out of the vouchers within one hour's time.

NOTE: If the 1st day of the month falls on a Holiday or on a Tuesday then the vouchers will be sold on the following day. The shelter is closed to the public for cleanings and other animal care duties on Tuesdays.

Be prepared. In order to receive a voucher, you must have $35 IN CASH. Checks and credit cards are not accepted. The voucher is also not refundable, even if lost.

Many but not all veterinarians participate in our "Pennies for Pets" program. For further information regarding this matter, contact the Humane Society at (618) 457-2362. A list of participating veterinarians is available. To use the voucher, you will take it to a participating veterinarian, who will send it back to us. We match your $35 with another $35 to pay the vet a total of $70 for each procedure.

At the time you purchase a voucher you will receive a list of veterinarians.
We have had to limit the number of vouchers we sell due to lack of funding. Please
consider donating a little extra when you purchase a voucher from us. Without your
support we cannot continue this great program. You can also mail donations to:

Pennies for Pets
PO BOX 291
Carbondale IL 62903