Dr. Christine Cottey Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Fund

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Spay/Neuter Fund was established in 1992 by Bruce Hantke and his sisters in honor of their late father, Bert Hantke, a longtime League supporter who was committed to ending pet overpopulation. Created to provide access to low-cost spay/neuter surgery for the pets of people with limited means, the benefits of the fund are two-fold:  healthier pets and a reduction in unanticipated litters of cats and dogs in the Arlington community.

In October 2018 the League recognized AWLA’s late Veterinary Director Dr. Cottey’s lasting contribution to animal welfare by dedicating the shelter’s surgery suite in her honor and by naming the spay/neuter fund the Dr. Christine Cottey Spay/Neuter Fund.

Pet Owners with annual household incomes of $60,000 or less  can purchase a low-cost voucher in-person at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington during our adoptions and front office hours.   Vouchers must be purchased by the pet owner and are non-transferable.

Household proof of income is required to purchase a voucher.

Acceptable forms of proof of income are:

  • Recent paycheck stubs (at least 3 stubs)
  •  W2 forms
  • Signed Income tax return
  • Unemployment benefit check stub
  • Social security benefit check stub
  • Workers comp check stub
  • Veterans benefit check stub

Vets participating in our year-round voucher program are Caring Hands Animal Hospital,  in Alexandria and Arlington(Clarendon & South Arlington), Colonial Animal Hospital in Springfield, and Value Vet in McLean (cats only).  Pet owners who purchase a low-cost spay or neuter voucher from the League call the participating vet to set up their own appointments.  Low-cost spay/neuter voucher prices range from $65-$185 depending on the type and sex of the pet.

For pet owners who do not qualify for the League’s Low-cost pay/neuter voucher program, there are low-cost spay and neuter options available at Anicira Veterinary Center, located in Manassas.  Prices range from $95-295 for spay and neuter surgeries, depending on the type, sex and size of your pet.  There are no income requirements for Anicira Vet Center but low-income pet owners , residents of Manassas or Manassas Park and Prince William County may qualify for financial assistance.

On a yearly basis, the League also recognizes and participates in the Humane Society’s World Spay Day Campaign throughout the month of February. In February of 2017, the League sold 76 World Spay Day spay/neuter vouchers to low income pet owners for  2 rabbits, 43 dogs, and 31 cats! Animal Hospitals that generously participated in AWLA’s 2017 World Spay Day campaign include:  Anicira Vet Center, Arlington Animal Hospital, Caring Hands Animal Hospital (Alexandria, Clarendon & South Arlington locations), Clarendon Animal Care, and NOVA Cat Clinic.

If you wish to help us end pet overpopulation in our community, please designate your donation to the Low-cost Spay/Neuter Fund. You may make a donation by mail or phone or donate online, simply designate the Low-cost Spay/Neuter Fund on your form.  For further information please contact the Director of Development at donate@awla.org or 703-931-9241 x 220.

For questions about purchasing a low-cost spay or neuter voucher, please call our front desk at (703) 931-9241, ext. 200.

Note:Vouchers may not be purchased by phone and proof of income must be provided in-person.