Having pets spayed or neutered can be a daunting expense for those who are struggling financially. As a result, many people who want to do the right thing for their pets are unable to access veterinary services.
Recognizing this problem, animal advocates and progressive veterinarians have collaborated to establish free and low-cost spay-neuter programs. These services can be located through the organizations listed below.
Spay USA (United States)
This North Shore Animal League America program acts as a referral service for affordable spay-neuter clinics. The organization offers a state-by-state listing of low-cost clinics that includes more than 1,000 service providers nationwide.
Spay USA also provides information and support for those seeking to establish low-cost spay-neuter programs in their own areas. Veterinarians are invited to join the Spay USA network.
Spay USA (SpayUSA.org) can be reached at the following toll-free number: 1-800-248-SPAY (1-800-248-7729).
Friends of Animals (United States)
Through Friends of Animals, pet owners can purchase vouchers for low-cost spaying or neutering surgeries at participating veterinary hospitals throughout the United States. Certificates can be ordered by calling1-800-321-PETS (1-800-321-7387) or visiting FriendsofAnimals.org.
Cats Protection (United Kingdom)
Qualifying individuals can receive financial assistance for spay-neuter services for cats and dogs in the United Kingdom. Visit the Cats Protection website’s Financial Assistance page to apply (for dogs, scroll down and click on the link for DogsTrust.org.uk). Additional assistance may be available for those who need to neuter 6 or more cats within a single household.
Free Spay-Neuter Programs
For those who cannot afford low-cost sterilization services for their pets, there may be free local spay-neuter clinics or mobile clinics that make periodic visits to the area. Contact the Humane Society or a local SPCA to inquire about regional options.