Richmond Animal League Loving Spay+Neuter Clinic (2023)

The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic at Richmond Animal League offers low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs to private owners, rescue organizations, and municipal shelters with no geographical restrictions. Spay/neuter is a key step in reducing animal homelessness, overpopulation, and above all, unnecessary euthanasia. Spayed/neutered pets make better companion animals, and are less prone to reproductive diseases, aggression, house-soiling, wandering, and spraying.

Our Clinic is able to offer some additional services such as vaccinations, Heartworm testing, and flea/tick prevention to pet owners the day of surgery. For more information about our services and fees, navigate to our "Services and Fees" tab under the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic webpage.

Our surgery calendar opens the first business day of the month at 8 AM. You can call (804) 379-9725 option #4 and leave a voicemail orclick here to submit an online request form. We will reach out in the order your request is received. Appointments are scheduled no more than one month in advance. Please keep in mind that the online form will close and the voicemail box will be full once we have accepted the maximum number of requests we can accept in one month. Please also be aware we receive a high volume of requests and only have a limited number of available appointments.

The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic is not a full service veterinary office and can only provide vaccinations, tests, and microchips when the spay or neuter surgery is performed. See your regular veterinarian for routine care or a veterinary emergency center if your pet is ill or injured.

**NOTICE: We are grateful to be able to continue to offer low-cost services to the community. In order to keep up with the rising operating costs we will be increasing our prices, effective August 1st, 2022. New pricing is listed below.**

Consider becoming a Clinic Supporter and help us make sure our vital services are available to any pet lover in our community, regardless of financial status. As a Clinic Supporter your additional support provides funding for a family in need. Learn more>

To find out if you qualify and to apply for our financialassistance program, click here.

Prices for surgery include take home oral pain medications. Please note that we cannot accept cash payments or Care Credit.

Female Dogs (Spay)
2 lb to 75 lbs: $170
Over 75 lbs fee: $50 additional(We do not accept dogs over 120 lbs)
Pregnancy fee: $30

Male Dogs (Neuter)
2 lb to 75 lbs: $125
Over 75 lbs fee: +$50 additional(We do not accept dogs over 120 lbs)
Cryptorchid fee: +$50 per testicle

Female Cats (Spay): $85
Pregnancy fee: +$20

Male Cats (Neuter): $45
Cryptorchid fee: +$50 per testicle

Vaccinations & Tests*
***Rabies vaccination: $15
Distemper vaccination: $15
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) $15
Leukemia vaccination: $15
Heartworm test: $20
Feline leukemia/FIV test: $25

Microchipping*: $25

Nail Trim: $10

Elizabethan Collar (cone): $10

Cardboard Cat Carrier: $5

We also offer a range of reduced-cost parasite prevention for purchase. Pet owners can purchase up to a year's worth of prevention for their pet on the day of their pet's surgery. We are not able to provide prescriptions or to sell any retail items for other pets in the household, or for the same pet after their surgery date.

For your doggos...

Heartgard Plus*
1-25 lb: 6 months (6 doses) = $35
26-50 lb: 6 months = $40
51-100 lb: 6 months = $45

1 month (1 dose) = $20
6 months = $95
12 months = $190

Bravecto (buy 2, get $10, buy 4, get $25)
3 months (1 dose) = $40
6 months = $75
12 months = $150

Seresto collar (Buy one, get $10)
8 months (1 collar) = $60

*Instant rebates available at checkout

For your kitties!

Frontline* (Buy 6 doses, get $10)
1 month (1 dose) = $15
6 months = $80
12 months = $160

Advantage Multi (Buy 6 doses, get $20, buy 12 doses, get $55)
1 month (1 dose) = $15
6 months = $80
12 months = $160

Seresto collar(Buy one, get $10)
8 months (1 collar) = $60

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***Rabies vaccinations are required by law. If you do not provide proof of vaccination at check in, a rabies vaccine will be given and the cost added to your invoice.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Our Clinic is proud to offer spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccine at no cost to feral trappers for Richmond’s and surrounding counties’ community (“feral”) cats. This program is made possible by generous donors and grant opportunities. A mandatory Rabies vaccine is included with surgery. Other services are available at surgery for an additional fee.

Why TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return)

Easy. TNR saves lives. As with personal pets, spay/neuter surgery can greatly improve the lives of outdoor cats by reducing the risk of reproductive health problems, the spread of diseases, and sexual behaviors considered a ‘nuisance’ by the community. TNR is an effective method of preventing overpopulation in community cat colonies and stabilizes the relationship between humans and outdoor cats.

How can I get involved?

Let me count the ways! Want to help from the comfort of your own home? Donate. Want to get more active? Help trap!

We have five appointments available per day for community cats. Appointments are scheduled on an ongoing basis approximately two weeks in advance. Call (804) 379-9725 option 3 on Fridays at 5:30PM and leave a voicemail with your name and number to request an appointment. Someone will reach out to you the following week to schedule this appointment.

All community cats must come to the appointment in a humane trap. If you do not have a trap, our Clinic will rent one to you for up-to 30 days. A deposit of $75 is required, but will be refunded to you when the trap is returned within 30 days.

For more information about how to trap and what to do once you’ve trapped a cat, click here.

Other Community Cat FAQs

There’s a stray cat in my neighborhood, but it’s not mine.

Is it spayed/neutered? If not – or if you don’t know – that cat could be thirty cats by next year. A little trip to our Clinic could save your entire neighborhood a lot of time and effort. Be the hero. Come pick up a trap from our Clinic and schedule an appointment today.

How can I tell if a cat is spayed/neutered?

If it’s an outdoor cat, it will most likely have a tipped left ear. After surgery, while the cat is still under anesthesia, veterinarians carefully remove the top third of a community cat’s ear so that humans can visually identify a spayed/neutered cat from a distance. This is a critical step in managing populations of cats that can’t be touched or even approached by people. This procedure is harmless and has no impact on the cat’s life.

I think the neighborhood cat is pregnant.

Call us. Our staff can walk you through your options, and help you figure out what will be best for the cat. We are able to spay pregnant female cats, but it is important to know that the procedure will terminate the cat’s pregnancy.

Do you test for FIV/FeLV?

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Yes; FIV/FeLV testing is available for an addition fee if requested. We do not require it for outdoor cats, and may even recommend that you don’t test the cat if it seems healthy.

What’s the difference between FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia virus)?

Click here to learn more about FIV. Click here to learn more about FeLV.

I think this cat is friendly.

Great! Genetically, there is no difference between a true feral cat and an indoor-only domestic cat. They’re all the same species. The only difference is the cat’s exposure to people. A domestic cat has probably been around people its entire life. A feral cat has either never had that option, or has been away from people for such a significant period of time that it is not social, and will run from humans rather than approach. Additionally, cats are rarely one or the other. Even among domestic cats, some of our felines are more attached to people than others. If your outdoor cat seems like it might enjoy inside life, it’s totally okay to give it a try – but never force it. For more information about telling friendly strays from true ferals, click here.

My outdoor cat has kittens. When can I get her spayed?

Short answer: when you trap her. If you caught her, but you know she has kittens, the safest and best thing to do for her is to bring her to the appointment anyway. You may never be able to catch that cat again, and giving her this opportunity is critical.

Long answer: try to identify how old the kittens are. There are tons of resources available, but this cheat sheet should make it a little easier.

What about her kittens?

If the kittens are not social and living outside, we recommend trapping them as close to 8-10 weeks of age as possible. Kittens must be a minimum of 2lbs for surgery, so waiting those extra weeks can get them to the right place so that they don’t have to be trapped twice. Cats can become pregnant as early as 4 months – so sooner is always better. If the kittens are indoors and social, we can schedule a regular spay/neuter appointment when they’re 3-4 months old.

I think this outdoor cat is sick. Can you help?

No; if our veterinarian notices symptoms of a treatable illness while a community cat is here for surgery, we may be able to offer additional care at that time, but we are not able to provide ongoing treatment.

If I bring the cat to you, can you keep it?

No; TNR stands for ‘trap, neuter, return'. Community cats have to go back to the environment they came from. It is unfair to the cat to expect it to acclimate to a new place, and feral cats that end up in open-intake shelters have very poor survival rates. The best place for Kitty to live is right where it is.

For more information on community cats and our TNR fund, click here.

What services does the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic provide?

The LSNC's primary focus is on low cost spay and neuter for dogs and cat. Pets will have a brief exam by our vet, full anesthesia, spay or neuter surgery and a 24 hour pain injection. Pets must show proof of rabies vaccine, if older than 3 months. If not, they will need to have the vaccination at the time of surgery.

How much will it cost?

Find the price on the Services and Fees tab associated with your dog's weight and sex or cat’s sex. If your pet needs a rabies vaccination, add that cost as well as any add ons, such as microchip, nail trim, cone, etc.

What if I don’t want/need the rabies vaccination?

If your pet has a current rabies vaccination, you must provide proof in the form of a photo of your pet's certificate of vaccination (not the tag!) Otherwise, by law, we must administer a rabies shot for all pets over 3 lbs (approximately 3 mos. of age). The state requires pets be vaccinated so we require it as well.

Are other vaccinations required like Rabies?

We recommend you get all of the age appropriate vaccinations for your pet. We recommend getting these at least two weeks before the appointment for full immunity, but understand that we might need to do the vaccinations at the time of the surgery.

Can I get the vaccinations at the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic?

Yes! See the fees and list of vaccinations available above. We do recommend getting the vaccinations at least 2 weeks before the schedule appointment, but understand that is not always possible. We can vaccinate when the pets come in to the Clinic, but they won’t have immunity to the virus/disease for another 2 weeks.

Does the surgery include microchipping?

It is not included in the surgery but can be purchased for an additional $25 (includes registration). This registration is done automatically through 24-Hour-PetWatch.

Can I just purchase microchipping without surgery?

Not at the LSNC. Please call your local vet, Prevent a Litter [(804) 359-MEOW (6369)] or local animal controls for other options

Can I just show up at the clinic?

No! The LSNC is by appointment only and appointments must be scheduled in advance. Please call 804-379-9725, option 4 on the first business day of the month, promptly at 8 AM in order to request an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

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Our appointment calendar opens the first business day of the month. That day promptly at 8 AM, please submit an online appointment request form ( or call (804) 379-9725 option #4 and leave a voicemail. Please keep in mind that the form will close and the voicemail box will be full once we have received the maximum amount of requests we can accept in one month. We will follow up in the order your request is received. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we experience a high volume of requests.

Are there any appointment restrictions?

Yes! The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic at Richmond Animal League is a high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Some pets may be better served at a full-service veterinary hospital with the time and resources to meet that pet's specific needs.We do not currently accept the following breeds due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) nature: English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs. We also cannot accept certain pets with current illnesses (i.e. respiratory, liver, kidney disease), pets over 120 pounds, pets that are elderly and infermed, obese or feral dogs. Additionally, we cannot accept pets under the age of 2 months or 2 pounds. Ideally, dogs and cats are over 4 months of age, or 6 months for miniature dog breeds. We recommend that owners discuss the timing of their pets spay/neuter procedure with the guidance of their full-service vet.We also reserve the right to decline services to any pet that may be at increased risk for complications under anesthesia due to current or past medical issues or concerns, at the veterinarian's discretion.

What are the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic’s hours?

We do surgeries Monday through Friday. Check-in/admission for ALL PETS is at 8AM.We do not admit pets early.Checking in 30 pets can take up to half-an-hour; please plan your morning accordingly.

Pick-up/discharge varies by species. At this time, discharge for public pets and community cats is at 4:00 PM.We do not discharge early.Every pet needs sufficient time under veterinary supervision to recover before being sent home. Anyone who does not arrive to pick up their pet within 30 minutes of their discharge time will be charged a late fee of $40. Animal Control will be contacted to retrieve your pet after 5:00 pm.

Can I bring all 8 of my pets on one day?

No. We can book up to 2 pets per household per day.

Do I need to fill out paperwork for each pet?

Yes. We must have a signed surgical disclosure for each pet. The Patient/Client Disclosure form is linked on the right-hand side of the page. Please do not submit a form without scheduling an appointment. Items not marked off on sheet in the morning may not be able to be added later in the day.

Does the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic accept Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) discount certificates?

No, The LSNC is already at a discounted rate.

What happens if the weather prohibits the LSNC from operating?

If the Clinic needs to delay opening or cancel due to weather, power outage or other issues, we will reach out to you the evening before your appointment. Once the clinic is open again, we will be able to reschedule your appointment if needed.

What if I arrive for my scheduled appointment and find out that my pet has already been spayed or neutered?

If during the initial exam by our vet it is easily determined that your pet has already been spayed or neutered, there will be no charge for the appointment. (If any additional services are provided, such as vaccines, you will still be charged for those items.) If after your pet has been anesthetized, it is determined that they have already been spayed or neutered, you will be responsible for the cost of sedation/anesthesia.

Will my pet receive pain medication?

Yes. Pain medication is administered as a 24 hour lasting injection for all surgical procedures. Prices for surgery also include take home oral pain medications.

Will my pet receive antibiotics?

No. Sometimes an animal might need antibiotics at the doctors’ discretion. LSNC will call you to go over what the vet found, why they recommend antibiotics and what type is recommend. We will let you know the additional cost as well.

Can I get other services for my pet at the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic like a dental or declaw?

No, we are not a full-service vet clinic. We only do the listed services. See your full service vet for any other issues or procedures.

Do I bring my pet back to LSNC for follow-up care?

We prefer to see post-operative complications that aren’t an emergency. In the unlikely event that an emergency complication arise when the pet goes home, they would have to be taken to the customer’s own vet or Emergency Vet. Please call to keep us updated if you have any concerns.

Will I need to come back to have sutures removed?

No. Our vet uses dissolvable sutures and surgical glue to close the canine and feline spay (female) and canine neuter (male) incision so there is no need to return to have any sutures removed. (It can take up to 90 days for sutures to fully dissolve.) Feline Neuters (male) do not require sutures.

Is my pet too old to be spayed/neutered at LSNC?

Our vets highly recommends pre-operative blood work for all pets over the age of 7 years. The blood work recommended is available to be performed at the LSNC same day. You can also bring in a copy of your own vet’s blood work if done with in the last month. SPECIAL NOTE ON PETS AGES 7 and OLDER: While we will book pets over the age of 7 years at the LSNC, please be aware that our veterinarians reserve the right to turn pets over 7 away on the day of surgery if they have concerns about the pets’ health. Our vet will make that assessment once she sees the pet the day of surgery. We do not spay/neuter cats/dogs over the age of 12 but can provide you with a referral of a place that can assist you.

How old does the cat/dog have to be in order to be spayed or neutered?

When to spay/neuter your pet is a conversation you should have with your full-service veterinarian. We prefer to sterilize cats no younger than four months of age, and dogs no younger than five months, or six months if they are a small breed.

What if my cat/dog is in heat?

We are still able to spay her. There is no extra charge.

What if my cat/dog is pregnant?

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We will still spay her. (The fetuses do not survive the procedure.) There is an extra fee. $30 for dogs and $20 for cats. This covers the cost of fluids and extra care.

Do I have to bring a stool sample?

No. But you can if you are requesting a fecal exam ($10). The freshest if best. Please provide a sample around the size of a walnut in a labeled ziplock bag. If you are unable to bring a sample, we will hopefully get your pet to submit a sample while at the clinic.

Do you do pre-operative blood work?

Not automatically for the spay/neuter price. But you can request it on the form for $50. We perform it in-house, shortly before the procedure. We will call if anything is out of normal range. If everything looks good, the doctors will continue with the procedure. You will get a copy of the blood work at pick up to bring to your regular vet.

What is an Elizabethan collar?

AnElizabethan collar,E-Collar, orpet cone, (sometimes humorously called apet lamp-shadeorcone of shame) is a protective medical device worn by an animal, usually a cat or dog. Shaped like a truncated cone, its purpose is to prevent the animal from biting orlickingat its body or scratching at its head or neck while wounds or injuriesheal.

The device is generally attached to the pet's usualcollarwith strings or tabs passed through holes punched in the sides of the plastic. The neck of the collar should be short enough to let the animal eat and drink. Although most pets adjust to them quite well, others will not eat or drink with the collar in place and the collar is temporarily removed for meals.

Your pet should wear the cone whenever you are not around to watching or at night. If you pet is really tenacious, the cone should stay on at all times. Some pets might only need to wear it for a few days right after the procedure and possibly a few weeks later as the incision heals and starts to pull. Other pets need to wear them the full 2-3 weeks. It will depend on how your pet handles the surgery.

Will my pet be wearing a Elizabethan collar after the procedure?

We recommend it for all patients. But no, we do not routinely provide Elizabethan collars (aka cone head, cone of shame, lamp shade, e-collar). They are $10 to purchase. If the pet licks or chews, the incision will become infected and potentially open up. All follow up costs due to licking or chewing will need to be paid by the pet’s owner.

Do you test for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and/or FeLV (Feline Leukemia)?

Yes, for $25. Due to the complexity of the feline leukemia virus and because spay/neuter eliminates or reduces common modes of transmission of these viruses (from queen to kitten and from fighting), our veterinarians do not recommend testing community (unowned) cats.Owners who chose to test their pets should be prepared to follow up with theirfull service veterinarian for more information about these viruses.Our vets reserve the right to refuse elective euthanasia requests for cats that may test positive for either FeLV or FIV and are otherwise healthy.

Is the spay/neuter surgery safe?

It’s a surgical procedure, and as with any surgery, there are always risks. We have a licensed veterinarian who performs the procedures, and there is also a vet tech and a vet assistant with lots of volunteer help, so the pets are very well monitored. Our vets are very skilled at surgery, as they preform roughly 30 surgeries a day.

How often are the clinic’s cages cleaned?

Every night or as soon as animal leaves.

What about the surgical instruments and materials?

The scalpels use new blades in sterilized handles. We use new needles and the very highest quality suture material. Instrument packs and drapes are cleaned and sterilized between each procedure. New Blades, suture, needle, sterile gloves for each procedure; we do no reuse these items.

Is it a vet who performs the procedures?

Yes. Our vets are licensed in the state of Virginia. Dr. Drinkwine has been with LSNC since 2009. Dr. Gross has been with the clinic since 2012.

How do I pay for my appointment?

Payment is due over the phone, prior to discharging your pet. We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) and debit cards. We do not accept cash, checks, Care Credit or spay neuter certificates.

I can’t afford the full cost– can you help me?

Our prices are lowest cost to everyone, no need to apply to come to our clinic. If your household makes less than $25,000 a year and you can’t afford the listed costs, we have a low income program. You will need to submit a copy of your tax returns proving house hold income along with the Low Income Application to apply. Make sure your full legal name and phone number is listed on your paperwork. Once approved we will call to make the appointment. We have limited funds each year, so three pets per household per fiscal year is the maximum that can be approved for coverage.

Why do I have to bring the cat in a carrier? What kind of carrier?

It’s a safety protocol to protect you and your cat as well as our staff. For safety reasons, cats MUST arrive at the appointment in a secure carrier. If you are bringing more than one cat, they must be in separate carriers. Please NOTE: Cats arriving in the same carrier, or a non-secure carrier or without a carrier will be required to purchase a $5 cardboard carrier for discharge. Make sure your carrier is not missing any clips and that doors and latches are secure. Please write your name and pets name on the carrier, either on tape or directly on the carrier. We always recommend the hard shell carriers. Soft carriers can collapse inward and scare a post-operative kitty.

My dog is well trained, I don’t need him on a leash!

All dogs must be on a leash. This is county law. No exceptions.

What time do I pick up my pet?

Discharge times vary by species, and may be pushed back based on the number of pets present for surgery. In general, public pets and community cats are discharged at 4:00 PM.

What happens if I’m late for discharge time?

If you arrive for pick up later than 4:30 pm, you will be charged a late fee up to $40 which is non-negotiable. If any pet is still left at 5:00 pm, Chesterfield Country Animal Control will be called to pick up the pet. We do not have staff overnight and will not leave your pet unattended. You will need to make arrangements to pick your pet up from Animal Control and pay any necessary fees.

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Can I stay with my pet at the LSNC?

No. We do not have a waiting room. There is a lot of shopping nearby at the Chesterfield Town center Mall and along Midlothian Turnpike.

Do I have to live in Chesterfield in order to use LSNC?

No. There is no residency requirement.

My cat has tested positive for FIV and/or FeLV. Will you still spay/neuter him/her?


Do you spay/neuter feral cats?

Yes. To request a feral appointment, please call (804) 379-9725 Friday at 5:30 pm, select option #3, and leave a voicemail. The following week we will reach out in the order your request is received. We experience a high volume of requests, so we appreciate your patience.We normally call back the following week on Monday or Friday. If we can’t get a live person, we will NOT leave an appointment on a machine. You must answer the phone when we call to make the appointment. We make appointments for 1-2 weeks out. We do feral cat surgeries Mon- Friday. We have 5 slots a day. We have grants and donations that cover the cost of surgery and the rabies vaccination with ear tip. Any extra testing or vaccinations will be at the cost of the trapper/caregiver. The cats must be feral, wild, and untouchable, and they must be returned to the place where they were originally trapped. This does not cover strays or rescued cats that are pets.

My dog has a heart murmur/seizures or other big medical issue. Can you spay or neuter them?

NO! We are a high volume, low cost spay and neuter clinic. We are not set up like regular veterinary offices. If your pet has medical issues, those need to be worked up through a full service vet.

What is the best way to get my cat into the cat carrier?

The easiest way to handle a cat that may not want to go into the carrier is to "scruff" the cat or hold it by the skin on the back of the neck. Then, while tilting the carrier up a bit on its end, lift the cat up and lower him/her, rear feet first, into the carrier and quickly close the door. It helps to have two people to do this but it is also the easiest way to crate a cat if you are doing it by yourself. Scruffing is the way the mother carries her babies and it does not hurt the cat to be briefly lifted off the ground in this way. You can even practice lifting by the scruff of the neck before ever putting the cat in the carrier. Scruffing is also useful when giving medication to a cat. Holding a cat by the scruff of the neck helps to keep its head from turning while you are administering medication. You can also visit further instruction

The Richmond Animal League’s Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic is happy to announce a new option for low cost surgery. Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic is partnering with Amelia Patrons of Animal Welfare (A.P.A.W.) to provide another low cost/ free option to spay and neuter pets. There are a few options depending on financial constraints. Please see the APAW forms for more info and details on how to get your certificate. The forms must be mailed in to APAW and wait for a certificate to be mailed back before going to an appointment. We recommend making your appointment early, but mention APAWs when calling. APAW Informational Brochure APAW Form

List of Low Cost Surgery, Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinics:

Animal Resource Foundation
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services)
Phone: (804) 694-0FIX (0349)
PO Box967
White Marsh, VA 23183

Smoky's Spay and Neuter Clinic
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services)
7088 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
(804) 368-6232

Capitol Home Veterinary Care
(Mobile vet who does clinics as well.)

Helping Hands
(Provide affordable dental and surgery)
3402 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: 804-355-3500
Fax: 804-355-3009

The Jessica Beath Clinic
(low cost spay/neuter with vaccines)
Phone: (804) 752-SPAY (7729)
Fax: 804-752-MEOW (6369)
12300 Farrington Road
Ashland, VA 23005

Lynchburg Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
(Spay/neuter, Vaccinations, Transportation options)
General information:
Phone: (434) 821-4922
Fax: (434) 821-4990
29 Mortimer Drive
Evington, VA 24550

Operation Catnip of Richmond, Inc.
(Feral cat spay/neuter once a month)
P.O.Box 268
Quinton, VA 23141
Phone: 804-228-6479

Prevent A Litter
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuterand walk in vaccine Services)
Phone:(804) 359-MEOW (6369)
3421 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Richmond SPCA
(Provides Low-costor Free Spay/Neuter Services)
Phone: (804) 643-6785
Spay/Neuter Clinic: (804) 521-1300
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic
Phone: (540)507-7461
452 TVDrive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Vetco Clinics
(Mobile clinic-See website for locations and times.)

Voices forAnimals
(Provides Free Services for strays & ferals only)
Phone: (434) 979-1200
P.O. Box4466
Charlottesville, VA 22905

Dr. Laura Drinkwine, Veterinarian

Dr. Kay Gross, Veterinarian

Jennifer Martin, Veterinary Technician

Sadie Duke, Clinic Assistant

Olivia Steele, Clinic Operations Coordinator

Jessie Wallace, Clinic Administrative Coordinator

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Elizabeth Whitby, Clinic Assistant


How much does it cost to spayed a dog? ›

While there are a lot of variables, spaying will typically run $50–$500. Costs at the low end of that spectrum are typically subsidized through a public agency. "There are many low-cost spay and neuter clinics around the country to help make the process more accessible to all pet owners," Moore says.

How much does it cost to neuter a dog at SPCA? ›

A dog spay costs R770; dog neuter R530. A cat spay costs R560; a cat neuter R420. These prices are subject to change. Do I qualify to use the SPCA clinic and hospital?

How much does neutering cost in Virginia? ›

Average Costs:

Cat spay $40-$60 / neuter $30-$45.

How much does it cost to spay a cat? ›

While the cost to spay a cat varies, the operation typically runs from $300 to $500 for a female cat and around $200 for a male when it's done at a private, full-service veterinary practice, said Cory Smith, spokeswoman for The Humane Society of the United States.

What can I use instead of a dog cone? ›

Store-Bought Dog Cone Alternatives:

Soft Collars. Flexible Fabric E-Collars. Inflatable E-Collars. Onesies or Clothing.

At what age should you spay a female dog? ›

An age of six to nine months of age may be appropriate for neutering or spaying a toy breed puppy or small breed puppy but a larger or giant breed may need to wait until they are near or over 12-18 months of age.

How long should my dog wear a cone after being neutered? ›

Usually, it takes about 14 days for the incision to completely heal. If your dog has trouble eating or drinking with his cone on, it's acceptable to remove it at mealtimes, however, this should always be done under supervision and it should be replaced immediately after eating.

Do male dogs change after being neutered? ›

The main findings are: Male dogs show behavioural changes after castration more often and more distinctly than female dogs after neutering. Behavioural problems in most cases are reduced or have even disappeared after neutering (male dogs 74%, female dogs 59%).

Does SPCA treat animals for free? ›

We assist animals that come from indigent areas, who need dipping, de-worming, mange treatment and rabies vaccinations, at our kennels free of charge.

Is it cheaper to spay or neuter a cat? ›

In general, it tends to be more expensive to spay a pet than it is to neuter one. That's because neutering tends to be less complex. Spaying involves opening your dog or cat's stomach to access the animal's reproductive organs.

How old should a cat be to get spayed? ›

For cats: It is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered. To potentiially avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate the chance for pregnancy, it's advisable to schedule the surgery before your cat reaches five months of age.

Why is spaying a cat so expensive? ›

How much does it cost to spay a cat? The cost to spay a female cat will typically be slightly more expensive compared to neutering a male cat. This is because there's more work your veterinarian has to do to complete it since it's a tad more invasive.

How long does it take to spay a dog? ›

The procedure typically can last from 20 to 90 minutes to perform, depending on your pet's size and any special medical considerations. In older pets or large-breed dogs, the procedure can take longer and may require two surgeons to perform.

What is the difference between spayed and neutered? ›

Ovariohysterectomy, or the typical “spay”: the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog or cat. This makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior. Orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter”: the testes are removed from a male dog or cat.

Should dogs sleep with cone on? ›

Yes – dogs can sleep, eat, drink, pee, and poop with a cone on. In fact, the stricter you are with the cone (officially called an Elizabethan collar or E-collar for short), the quicker your dog will get used to it.

Can a dog wear a onesie instead of cone? ›

Dress your pet in a onesie

One of the simplest alternatives for the cone of shame is to dress your cat or small dog in a onesie. A onesie will provide full coverage for your pet, covering their torso, preventing them from licking or tearing at any stitches. It's also a far more adorable option.

Can I put at shirt on my dog instead of a cone? ›

If your pet struggles with the cone, there is actually a pretty easy DIY alternative to keep your furry friend comfortable while they recover at home. You can make your pet a “jacket” out of an old T-shirt, and it can cover wounds or scars just like the cone.

Will female dogs calm down after spaying? ›

Can Spaying or Neutering Make a Dog Less Hyper? The short answer is that no, your dog isn't likely to be less hyperactive after getting spayed or neutered. It won't change their personality much, if at all. Each dog has its own positive and negative social habits.

What age is too late to spay a dog? ›

As long as your pet is healthy, there is no age limit for spaying your dog. While the traditional age for spaying is six to nine months, dogs as young as five months can undergo the procedure. Even if there are some risks with senior dogs, the benefits still outweigh a few risks.

Should you let a female dog go into heat before spaying? ›

Q: Should I let my dog have a heat before I spay her? A: Medically, it's better to spay your dog before their first heat. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. People who wait to spay their dogs until after their second heat greatly increase the risk of mammary tumors in their pets.

Where should my dog sleep after being neutered? ›

Your pet needs to be kept in an indoor crate/ kennel for most of the day and night for the next 10 days. The time of highest risk for the sutures breaking down is 3-5 days after surgery.

Can I take the cone off my dog to sleep? ›

Should I take my dog's cone off at night? You should not take a dog's cone off at night. If you do take the cone off when your dog is sleeping, it could wake up and irritate the wound leading to infection and the possibility of further surgery.

How far can I walk my dog after spaying? ›

Your vet will probably recommend that your dog gets plenty of rest for the first 48 hours following surgery and avoids any form of strenuous activity. No walking, no playing, and no running around! Stitches can easily be pulled apart, leaving a painful open wound that will be at risk of infection.

Why is my dog crying after neutering? ›

Neutered dogs usually feel some degree of discomfort immediately following their procedure. It is not unusual for your dog to whine or whimper after being neutered, although some dogs can tolerate pain more than others. A dog's whining after neutering is completely normal.

What happens to a dogs balls after being neutered? ›

The scrotum is often swollen in the first few days after surgery, leading some people to wonder if the procedure was really performed. If the dog is immature at the time of neutering, the empty scrotum will flatten out as he grows. If he is mature at the time of neuter, the empty scrotum will remain as a flap of skin.

Why is my dog worse after being neutered? ›

Certain dog breeds are naturally more aggressive than others, so the temporary imbalance in hormones that neutering causes can spike aggressive behaviors in male dog breeds that are predisposed to violent tendencies in the first place.

Can the SPCA take my dog for barking? ›

If he/she is of the opinion that the dog is causing a nuisance as defined in the by-laws, he/she may order the owner, in writing, to remove the dog from the place where the dog is being kept. Some situations that may appear as though the SPCA must get involved, aren't actually within our mandate.

Can the SPCA take my dog? ›

The SPCA is willing to accept ALL unwanted animals of any size and species. We wish to assure the public that they should not be afraid to surrender pets for whatever reason.

How much does it cost to spay a dog UK 2022? ›

As a rough guide spays cost from around £130 to £365 and castrations from around £110 to £300. Spaying usually costs more than dog castration because it involves surgery to internal organs.

Will spaying calm a female dog? ›

Can Spaying or Neutering Make a Dog Less Hyper? The short answer is that no, your dog isn't likely to be less hyperactive after getting spayed or neutered. It won't change their personality much, if at all. Each dog has its own positive and negative social habits.

How long does it take a dog to recover from being spayed? ›

Recovery After Spaying Surgery

Most pets will start to feel better in 24 - 48 hours, but full recovery takes between 10 to 14 days. During this period you should aim to keep your pet calm and refrain from allowing them to jump, as this could cause the incision to reopen.

How long does a dog stay at the vet after being spayed? ›

Question: How long will my dog be at the vet for neutering? Answer: They usually stay overnight, and are ready in the morning if you drop them off in the afternoon. Question: Can a vet hospital keep the dog for the time it takes them to heal? Answer: That would be expensive and unnecessary, as it takes about two weeks.

What age should a female dog be spayed UK? ›

We recommend that both male and female dogs are neutered (castrated for males and spayed for females) from four months of age on health grounds. We base this recommendation on the best scientific evidence available.

How much does spaying a female dog cost UK? ›

The cost of neutering a female can depend on many different factors, including the type of procedure, the size of your dog, and the location of your vet practice. But, generally, spays cost between £130 and £365. The cost of this will be more than the cost of 'castrating' male dogs.

Does insurance cover spaying? ›

No, most pet insurance plans do not cover the cost of preventative treatments including neutering your pet. However, there are pet wellness plans available to you which are also known as preventative care plans, that many provide some reimbursement for spaying and neutering.

Do female dogs get depressed after spaying? ›

Hormonal Changes

Hormones play a large role in your dog's emotional state, and when surgical procedures disrupt your pet's hormone levels, depression often follows. Dogs who've been spayed or neutered are the most likely to suffer hormonally triggered depression, thanks to the removal of their reproductive organs.

Why is my dog more aggressive after being spayed? ›

Potential Side Effects of Spaying Your Dog

A small number of studies report that unspayed female dogs who are aggressive to family members may become more aggressive after they're spayed. This could be caused by a decrease in estrogen and oxytocin, both of which may have calming, anti-anxiety effects.

How do female dogs change after being spayed? ›

Due to the prevention of sudden hormone changes, a female dog should return to her normal behavior within the first three weeks after spaying. However, spaying does not change your dog's personality. She will not be any less hyper or aggressive after spay surgery if those are her normal personality traits.

Can my dog jump on the couch after being spayed? ›

"No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or strenuous activity for 14 days." That's what our post surgical instructions said as I brought my dog home after her spay surgery.

Why is my dog crying after neutering? ›

Neutered dogs usually feel some degree of discomfort immediately following their procedure. It is not unusual for your dog to whine or whimper after being neutered, although some dogs can tolerate pain more than others. A dog's whining after neutering is completely normal.

Where should my dog sleep after being neutered? ›

Your pet needs to be kept in an indoor crate/ kennel for most of the day and night for the next 10 days. The time of highest risk for the sutures breaking down is 3-5 days after surgery.

How do I prepare my dog for spaying? ›

Prepare Your Puppy for Spaying Day

Many vets recommend that puppies don't eat anything the morning of their spay, but this could mean you'll need to withhold food beginning at midnight that day or at around 6 a.m. Your vet or spay facility should give you their requirements.

Can I take the cone off my dog after 7 days? ›

The cone should stay on until the site is fully healed, and/or the sutures are removed. Most sutures and staples are left in for 10-14 days. Other lesions may take less or more time than that to heal completely.

What happens to a dogs balls after being neutered? ›

The scrotum is often swollen in the first few days after surgery, leading some people to wonder if the procedure was really performed. If the dog is immature at the time of neutering, the empty scrotum will flatten out as he grows. If he is mature at the time of neuter, the empty scrotum will remain as a flap of skin.


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