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As I type this post, my girlfriend and I’s new golden retriever that we adopted (Crystal, 9 years old, shown in picture below!) in early January is having surgery to be spayed. For this procedure, we opted to have it done at a local low cost spay/neuter program instead of at our normal veterinarian’s office to save money.
Because of this, I wanted to share our experience with you all today so that you can determine if this money-saving strategy/option is right for you in the future:
How Much Can You Save by Using a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program?
Regardless of whether or not you are a believer in “fixing” your pets, it is significant to know that using one of these low cost spay/neuter programs over a normal vet can save you a lot of money.
How much money? Well, according to several sources I found online, spaying or neutering a pet at a normal vet office costs between $200-$300, and sometimes up to $1000, depending on the anesthesia being used.
On the other hand, the low-cost spay/neuter programs cost anywhere between $50-$100. If you fall in to the low to mid income qualification range, you can even get the cost reduced to close to $30.
What is the Quality of Vet Care Like?
This concern can be summed up in one sentence. The low cost programs are not cheap because they have low quality vet care; they are simply subsidized by charities, such as Petsmart Foundation, making the cost to the pet-owner less.
Where Are These Low Cost Programs Located?
Usually, these programs are run by local shelter, habitat, humane society, rescue, or SPCA pet groups. To find low cost programs in your area, click on any one of the link below to perform a quick search.
I just did a quick search myself for all of the 3 areas I’ve lived during my life. For each location, there were at least 3 available programs within a 20 mile radius, so I imagine that there will be at least one in your area as well!
My Personal Experience
For our dog getting spayed today (Crystal), we used the local SPCA group since I have volunteered there in the past and am very familiar with them.
The cost to us is $55 for a dog under 64 pounds, or $75 for a dog over 64 pounds. I believe there is also a $10 fee for a wound-licking-prevention-collar, if that is needed. They will even spay/neuter cats and Pit Bulls/Bulldogs for free. Nice!
How about you all? Have you ever used a low-cost spay or neuter program to get your pets fixed? If so, how did it go and what was the cost?
Share your experiences by commenting below!