Low Cost Spay & Neuter

Sonoma Humane Society's Donor-Subsidized Spay & Neuter Program

The Sonoma Humane Society's low-cost spay and neuter clinic is subsidized by donations and is available for low-income residents of Sonoma County. Click here to make a donation in support of our Spay/Neuter services.

Our low-cost services are reserved for cats and dogs. Priority is given to the following dog breeds: Pit bulls, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, and Labradors. All other breeds are scheduled as space is available.  

Our clinics operate each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. To schedule an appointment for your four-legged loved one, contact us at  707-284-FIXX (284-3499).

Appointments are limited and in high demand. If you are not in need of financial assistance we encourage you to contact a local veterinarian for spay and neuter services or contact the Sonoma Humane Society's public veterinary hospital at 707-284-1198.

Located at 5345 Hwy 12 West in Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Humane Society’s Veterinary clinics provide a high standard of compassionate care for your pet.

Generously Sponsored by:

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 and

The Ted and Joyce Picco Endowment Fund

 
 

MALE CATS                                                           FEMALE CATS

Feline Neuter Surgery                                     Feline Spay Surgery

All sizes               $45                                           All sizes            $65

 

MALE DOGS*                                                       FEMALE DOGS*

Canine Neuter Surgery                                  Canine Spay Surgery

Under 40lbs        $65                                         Under 40lbs        $75

41-70lbs               $80                                         41-70lbs               $90

71-90lbs               $100                                       71-90lbs               $125

90+ lbs**               $125                                       90+ lbs**               $150

*Priority is given to the following dog breeds: Pit bulls, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, and Labradors. All other breeds are scheduled as space is available.  

**Dogs over 90lbs accepted on a case-by-case basis

 
 

What services are provided for pets at the SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic?

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Pre-surgery exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine for cats/DHPP vaccine for dogs
  • E-collar (when needed)
  • Microchip (when needed)
  • Pain medications

Which animals will be accepted for surgery?

All animals will be examined by a veterinarian to determine if they appear healthy and can undergo surgery. The SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic generally accepts:

  • Healthy dogs and cats between 8 weeks and five years old.
  • Puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds.
  • Female cats in heat (can be evaluated on a case by case basis).
  • Pregnant cats and dogs, depending on the health of the animal and term of pregnancy.
  • Dog services are limited to Pit Bull, Chihuahua, German Shepherd and Labrador breeds only. 

Which animals will NOT be accepted for surgery?

The SHS Donor-Subsidized Spay/Neuter Clinic cannot accept:

  • Ferrets, rabbits, or any animal who is not a cat or dog.
  • Dog breeds other than Pit Bull, Chihuahua, German Shepherd or Labrador.
  • Unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses (animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, or ringworm).

Certain animals may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the outcome of the veterinarian examination:

  • Female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens (it is ideal to wait to spay a canine mother until two months after she weans her litter and a feline mother 2 weeks after she weans her litter).
  • Male animals with only one testicle.
  • Animals over five years of age.

Why do you limit your low-cost services to specific breeds and species?

  • SHS has limited funding to provide low-cost services. We reserve our precious resources for animal species and breeds who are most at risk of being surrendered to our local shelters.
  • Cats, Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds and Labradors make up the greatest population of homeless and abandoned animals in Sonoma County.

How many pets can I bring for spay/neuter surgery?

  • SHS encourages Sonoma County residents to spay/neuter all household pets.
  • Residents are welcome to bring all dogs and cats in the household to the SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic, but due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per clinic day MAY be applied.

How should I prepare my pet(s) for spay/neuter surgery?

  • Keep cats indoors the night before surgery.
  • Animals should have food removed at midnight prior to surgery.
  • Do not withhold water at any time.
  • Bring cats in carriers with one cat per carrier.
  • Bring dogs on leashes.
  • If you do not have a leash or carrier, please leave your pet in the car and request one from our greeter.

What should I bring with me when my pet is admitted to the SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic?

  • Bring photo identification showing you are 18 years of age or older.
  • If you are transporting a pet for someone who is disabled or elderly, bring that person's photo identification and proof of residency.
  • Bring any vaccine records for the animal.

What can I expect when I arrive at the SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic?

  • We suggest clients arrive at the location at 7:30 A.M. for a cat appointment and at 8:00 A.M. for dog appointments. The SHS serves 15-35 animals per day when filled to capacity.
  • Be prepared to wait approximately one hour for intake of animals.
  • Please be prepared to pick up your pet at approximately 3:00 pm. Pickup times vary, so check with the onsite SHS representative for actual time at check-in.

How should I care for my pet after surgery?

When your dog or cat is discharged from the SHS Spay/Neuter Clinic, we’ll provide you with instructions for post-operative care.

 
 

Compassion Without Borders  
Twice monthly free veterinary wellness clinics for  low-income families that include vaccinations, deworming, flea control, microchips and ID tags. Animals seen at the clinics are also signed up for sterilization through one of CWOB's weekly spay/neuter clinics. Call (707) 931-4455 for more information.

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County  
Forgotten Felines holds spay/neuter clinics for feral (wild) cats. The requested donation for this service is $30.00 per cat. Call (707) 576-7999 for an appointment.

Friends of the Animals in Redwood Empire (FAIRE) 
Residents of these areas can call the FAIRE Voucher Hotline at (707) 544-5713 and request a discount voucher toward the cost of spaying or neutering their cat, dog, or rabbit. Financial need is not required and there is no limit to the number of vouchers a resident can request.

Love Me, Fix Me Access Program

The Love Me, Fix Me Access Program offers low-cost spay/neuter appointments for qualifying low-income pet owners. A Love Me, Fix Me appointment for your dog or cat includes spay or neuter surgery and microchip. Dogs receive DHLPP and rabies vaccinations if needed, and a dog license if applicable. Download the qualifying form at the Sonoma County Animal Services website.

PETaluma PET Pals 
Discount vouchers for dog and cat surgeries at participating veterinary clinics. Email info@petalumapetpals.org to request a voucher.

Pets Lifeline 
Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries by appointment for dogs and cats in Sonoma Valley. Call (707) 996-4577.

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter  
Free cat spays for low-income residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati. Low-cost dog surgeries, and discount vouchers for participating veterinary clinics. Call (707) 588-3531 for an appointment.

Local veterinary clinics and hospitals also offer spay and neuter services, and may be contacted directly to inquire about surgery fees.

Sonoma County Animal Services Low-cost Pit Fix  

The City of Santa Rosa and unincorporated Sonoma County require that all pit bulls 4 months of age and older are spayed or neutered. Animal Services offers a limited number of appointments each week. Call (707) 565-7100 for an appointment.

 
 
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