Microchipping, Spaying & Neutering
Many animals arrive at DuPage County Animal Care
& Control each year as strays. Unfortunately, over 75% of dogs and 99% of
cats that we see at the shelter arrive without any tags or identification that
would allow us to locate and reunite them with their owners. All dogs and cats
adopted from Animal Control are vaccinated and micro-chipped before going home
to ensure a greater likelihood of reuniting them with their families if they're
ever lost again.
View commonly asked questions about
micro-chipping and/or to schedule an appointment for your pet(s) to receive
Why Spay or Neuter?
Each year, over two million
dogs and four million cats are euthanized at US animal shelters. Many are from
unwanted litters born “by accident”. Many are from litters that were
intentionally bred, but the owner cannot find homes for them all. Many are older
and suffering from diseases. Many are young and healthy but have developed
behaviors that some people are not willing to work with. Many are perfectly
healthy, loving animals that people can no longer afford or make time to care
Unbelievably, there is a simple, comparatively inexpensive,
quick solution to many of these problems: Spaying and neutering. Neutered
animals cannot have accidental litters. Irresponsible breeders cannot
intentionally breed them. They cannot develop common cancers or infections of
the reproductive organs, such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, prostate
and testicular cancers. Quite frequently, neutering also reduces or eliminates
roaming, urine marking and aggression. One thing is for certain: Neutering
decreases the number of unwanted animals that are euthanized.
County Animal Care & Control is committed to helping alleviate pet
overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering. In addition to
spaying/neutering each dog & cat that is adopted from our shelter, DCACC
also participates in the following spay/neuter programs:
View the ASPCA's "Why Spay or Neuter?"
Fact Sheet in English or en