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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Microchipping, Spaying & Neutering

Why Microchip?

Many animals arrive at DuPage County Animal Services 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 a microchip.

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 for.

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.

DuPage County Animal Services 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, DCAS also participates in the following spay/neuter programs:

View the ASPCA's "Why Spay or Neuter?" Fact Sheet in English or en Español.