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Spay and Neuter
We are pleased to offer discounted spay and neuter services to everyone regardless of income or residency. Prices are as follows:
Dog Spays $171 - Dog Neuters $135
Cat Spays $149 - *Cat Neuters $72 (*We offer male cat neutering on a walk-in basis Wednesdays and Fridays. Please see details below.)
Spay and neuter services are available by appointment only and a $20 deposit is required to schedule. You must bring proof of rabies vaccination or purchase one at the time of the procedure. Your pet should not eat after 10 pm the night before surgery.
Please note that we also offer further discounted spay & neuter services to income qualified Washington, DC residents. Please call for details. To schedule by phone please call 202-726-2273 and leave a message if our lines are busy or we’re not available.
Male Cat Neutering
Male cats can be neutered at the League’s Medical Center on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. No appointments are necessary & pricing is as follows:
$72 for anyone who makes more than $32,000 per year and/or does not live in the District or one of the counties listed below.
$48 if the pet’s guardian makes less than $32,000 or under and resides in the District of Columbia, Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery County, or Prince George’s County. In order to be eligible for this rate, proof of income and proof of residency will be required at drop off. The price will be $72 if specified documents are not present at drop off.
We require proof of any and all income. Types of documentation include: 2 pay stubs, 1040 (tax return) Social Security or Disability benefit letter, food stamp benefit letter, proof of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), unemployment insurance documentation, etc.
Proof of residency would include photo ID or utility bill.
Vaccinations and parasite treatments are available at our reduced-cost rates for those cats being neutered. Bring your cat for neutering to the Medical Center between 8 and 9 a.m. Pick up between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Do not feed your cat after 10 p.m. the night before—cats need an empty stomach for surgery!
You must bring proof of your cat’s current rabies vaccination or purchase a rabies vaccine with us on the day of surgery. Payment is due when you drop your cat off.
For more information call 202-726-2273.
Feral Cat Spay & Neuter
Anyone in the DC metro area regardless of income or residency is eligible to have feral cats spayed and neutered at our clinic. Fees and guidelines are as follows:
$75 for a female cat spay, $30 for a male cat neuter, and $15 for a vaccine/deworming package. All cats must be trapped in a humane trap with newspaper. Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time and the trapper should be prepared to house the cat overnight in a warm enclosed area. Please pull all food before dropping off in the hospital between 8-9 a.m. We will ear tip cats that are being returned to their colony. We will ear tip cats that are being returned to their colony. You must make an appointment – please call 202-726-2273 to schedule.
Why Spay and Neuter?
Each year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters. Millions more are abandoned in both rural and urban areas, left to starve and suffer. Most of these animals will die before they have the chance to find loving homes, but before they do, they will reproduce, further contributing to the already rampant animal overpopulation epidemic.
In response to this crisis, The Washington Animal Rescue League provides reduced-cost spay and neuter services. By spaying and neutering these animals, the League is working to reduce the number needing homes and thereby reduce the number of animals who suffer and die.
Are there really millions of animals euthanized each year? That seems like a lot.
Experts estimate that the number of animals euthanized in the United States each year could be in excess of 12 million.