King County, Washington

This ordinance requires that dogs and cats who are 6 months of age or older be spayed or neutered. Vouchers are provided to assist with payment.

Title 11

11.04.400 Mandatory spaying and neutering.
A. No person shall own or harbor any cat or dog over the age of six months that has not been spayed or neutered unless the person holds an unaltered animal license for the animal pursuant to K.C.C. 11.04.030.
B. Guide dog puppies in training and police service dogs are exempted from the provisions of this section.
C. Any dog or cat over the age of six months adopted from an animal shelter in King County shall be spayed or neutered before transfer to the owner. (Ord. 10423 § 2, 1992).

11.04.410 Spay or neuter vouchers. When issuing a license for an unaltered pet the regional animal services section may provide to the applicant a voucher for the payment of all or part of the cost of a spay or neuter operation by a licensed veterinarian on the pet, with the amount of the voucher established by the manager of regional animal services based upon available resources and appropriation authority being provided by the council. The regional animal services section shall compile, maintain and make available to the public a list of veterinarians who accept the vouchers as full or partial payment for spay or neuter operations. Spay or neuter vouchers shall be redeemed through the King County treasury by veterinarians who have performed a spay or neuter operation on a pet licensed in King County as an unaltered pet. (Ord. 16861 § 36, 2010: Ord. 15801 § 30, 2007: Ord. 10423 § 24, 1992).

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