Spay and neuter surgeries can run into the hundreds of dollars at your local vet. The cost of letting your animals get pregnant can be much more. If you want to get your dog fixed, but can't afford the standard cost of the surgery, there are cheaper alternatives, such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics offered by local organizations and rescue groups, including animal shelters, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society and more.
Start with Local Organizations
Look on the ASPCA's website to find free and low-cost programs in your area. While some ASPCA chapters offer low-cost neutering and spaying programs themselves, others simply serve as a resource to help you find places to do it. For example, in New York City, the ASPCA offers $5 spay/neuter clinics for people who can provide proof of public assistance -- including food stamps, public housing and Supplemental Security Income, among others. Everybody else pays $125 for the surgery.
For example, you can buy a special spay or neuter certificate through Friends of Animals. While prices might change, the cost of the certificate is $90 for female dogs and $64 for male dogs at the time of publication. These certificates can be used at participating animal hospitals to cover the cost of the surgery. You can use the organization's website to locate a participating vet in your area.
Check Your Local Paper
Always look for announcements of when mobile clinics might be in your area and accepting pets for spaying and neutering. For example, the Humane Society hosts special spay/neuter events every February to celebrate World Spay Day.
Vets and animal hospitals in your area also might organize special discount events or free spay days.
If low-cost programs are still too expensive for you, check All About Animals Rescue's financial assistance page for resources in your area. Locals chapters of the SPCA offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Many county animal shelters do as well. You might be able to obtain financial assistance from one of the organizations listed, especially if you are low income or are currently receiving government assistance. Each organization has its own criteria regarding acceptance, so check each one individually.
Even a free spay or neuter surgery can cost you money if you don't adhere to the rules. For example, animals who are in heat or are already pregnant might require specialized surgery and can run into complications, increasing costs. Some clinics might charge more for obese animals or those with cryptorchid or undescended testicles.