Spays & Neuters
Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than three million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters each year. Unfortunately many of these animals are the offspring of owned pets that are not spayed or neutered. To help reduce the number of unwanted animals, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is committed to offering low-cost options for spay and neuter services.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers several spay/neuter services to the public. Listed below and in our Spay/Neuter Services brochure are some of the programs available. Please call the Humane Society at 937/268-PETS (7387) for complete information.
RASCAL Unit – a mobile veterinary clinic based in Dublin, Ohio – visits the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at least once a month. RASCAL Unit offers many services to the public, including:
- Spay/neuter of dogs, cats and rabbits
- Dental cleanings
- Heartworm testing
- FIV/feline leukemia testing
- Worming treatments
- Basic wellness exams
- Other services
RASCAL Unit does not require an income check to be eligible for services.
RASCAL does not perform elective procedures, such as dental cleanings, on pets that are not spayed or neutered.
Because of RASCAL Unit's popularity, appointments book quickly. All clients interested in using RASCAL Unit's services must visit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH 45417) to complete paperwork and prepay in cash or with a credit card, before any surgery date will be reserved. Checks are not accepted for this program.
(FeLV/FIV test, heartworm test, fecal exam, urinalysis, etc.)
(Flea treatment, heartworm preventive, dewormer, etc.)
Exact prices are determined by each animal's species, sex, weight and special medical issues (e.g., cryptorchids, hernia repairs, pregnancy, being in season, etc.). Prices are subject to change. Please call the Humane Society at 937/268-PETS (7387) for detailed information regarding your pet.
Stray Cat Programs
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton makes a distinction between Feral Cats and Stray Cats. Feral cats are essentially wild animals: cats who have had little or no human socialization and generally cannot be touched by people.
Stray Cats are outside cats that are not owned by anyone but are social and can interact with people.
Feral Cat Program
There is a $5.00 fee for each spay/neuter procedure. Cats in the Feral Program are not tested for diseases unless erquested and paid for in advance. Testing fee is $20.00. No vaccines, deworning or flea treatments will be administered. during surgery the left ear of each cat will be "tipped," removing 1/4 inch from the top of the ear. This is a universal sign that the cat has been spayed or neutered.
For the safety of staff, feral cats must be contained in humane cat traps on the day of surgery. Each cat must be presented in a Live Humane Trap, NOT a pet carrier. Only one cat per trap is permitted.The Humane Society of Greater Dayton rents traps for this program for a nominal fee, when traps are available.
At certain times during the year, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers other spay/neuter programs, collectively known as the Neighborhood program. When available, this program is for families who can show some form of financial need (i.e., food stamps, disability, etc.). As this program is only offered occasionally, please call the Humane Society at 937/268-PETS (7387) for more information.
Veterinary Clinic Partnership
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is proud to collaborate with the Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association (MVVMA). The following local veterinary clinics offer a limited number of low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for owned animals each year through this partnership:
- Alpha Veterinary Clinic, 2515 Dayton Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH 45434
- Animal Medical Center Miamisburg
Please call the Humane Society at 937/268-PETS (7387) for more information.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, all spay/neuter programs offered at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton require the following:
- Surgery dates must be reserved in advance.
- All fees must be paid before a surgery date can be reserved.
- Checks are not accepted for payment; however, cash and credit cards are accepted.
- Animals must be brought to the Humane Society on the day of surgery and picked up on the same day.
- All programs are very popular, so please provide ample time to reserve your surgery date.
- The Humane Society of Greater Dayton does not offer general veterinary care or advice.
Our Spay/Neuter programs are made possible by:
- Friends of the Humane Society
- Levin Family Foundation
- Mathile Family Foundation
- NOMAD Veterinary Services
- RASCAL Unit
- Jean Barger Rice Trust
- Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
- Shumsky Enterprises
- Teradata Corporation
- Designated spay/neuter contributions from our wonderful donors!
* Feral-cat photo courtesy of Jay Edmonds, "Feral Cats," utahpets.org