Make Spaying and Neutering Affordable for All

Target: John Howe, DVM, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Goal: Support national low-cost spaying and neutering program.

An Indiana dog reportedly suffered the consequences of a home neutering procedure gone terribly wrong. The poor animal was taken to the veterinarian by his owner, Kimberly Oldham, with signs of bleeding and severe dehydration. The woman also claimed her dog had been chewing his scrotum in a distressed manner. Reportedly, Oldham eventually confessed that she had tied an elastic band around the dog’s private area in a botched attempt to neuter him. She now faces charges of animal cruelty.

This terrible incident may have truly come from a lack of knowledge. Oldham was said to be devastated at the injuries she allegedly caused her pet. The woman also reportedly confessed that she resorted to this barbaric technique because she could not afford neutering by a professional service. Indiana does offer a Spay-Neuter Assistance Program for low-income individuals, but Oldham,–like many—may have been unaware of this opportunity. In some regions, such aid is not even available, leaving pet owners to make some ill-advised decisions.

Sign this petition to urge the nation’s foremost group of veterinarians to advocate for a nationwide low-cost or free spaying and neutering program.


Dear Dr. Howe,

A woman in Indiana allegedly maimed her dog in a home neutering effort gone awry. She may now face prison time for an act allegedly arisen from ignorance and desperation. While this woman is an extreme case, she is part of a growing number of low-income pet owners who do not seek proper care for their beloved animals because of financial distress.

The American Veterinary Medical Association bills itself as the “only national veterinary organization working with policymakers in all branches of the government to strengthen every aspect of the veterinary profession,” Please use your key advocacy role to help these individuals. Support a nationwide free or reduced-cost spaying and neutering initiative that ensures the welfare of pets across America.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Kimberly Oldham is a really IGNORANT & dangerous person to have around ANY animal!!! If you can’t afford all the care & requirements of pet ownership, for God’s sake, DON’T GET A PET!!!


  2. Dear Doctor Howe:
    I am positive that you are aware that Animal Cruelty Offenders Face Federal Fines and Imprisonment and that – Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, per President Trump signature on a Federal Document.
    She should have inquired around before hurting that doggie – mostly every state has a reduced-cost program available once a month.
    Thank you!

    • Milantia Roy says:

      I agree with you – there are low-cost neutering and a vaccination program scheduled usually once a month.
      Whoever told her to do that is someone as ignorant and she was and if she loved that poor doggie as she says, she should have thought of the pain she was going to inflict on him because of her greediness …

  3. Jackie Pflucker says:

    You are correct 100% – hope she gets what she deserves

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