Welcome to the forums. It's a great place to share and learn. Good luck with getting your puppy! If I were you, I'd go right when the shelter opens on Saturday.
This be true, FilleBelle, and I guess there isn't a good alternative, given the situation of pound puppies. Such is life....Val, every shelter and rescue organization I've come in contact with requires a dog to be spayed/neutered before going to its forever home. Whether or not the action is misguided is debatable, but the point is to keep more dogs from ending up in these places. I doubt the OP has an option.