Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Year-round low-cost spay/neuter voucher program

It is estimated that in order to give every cat and dog in the U.S. a home, each and every person would have to own seven pets. For example, a family of four would have to have 28 cats and dogs. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, poop to pick up, and vet visits!

As a result, every year millions of healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are humanely euthanized at shelters for lack of space, resources, and people to adopt them. This sad reality can be changed by spaying or neutering your pet.

We know this surgery can be expensive, especially for pet owners with more than one animal, so we offer a low-cost spay/neuter voucher program for pet owners with an annual household income of $60,000 or less. Vouchers must be purchased by the pet owner, in person at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington during regular business hours. Vouchers are non-transferable and proof of household income is required.

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 questions about purchasing a low-cost spay or neuter voucher, please call our front desk at (703) 931-9241 x200.

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

If you wish to help end pet overpopulation in our community, please consider making a donation to our Low-cost Spay/Neuter Fund. Your donation enables AWLA to offer low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to members of our community, which helps animals live longer, healthier lives and prevents pet overpopulation. Donations may be made by mail, online, by phone. Please designate Low-cost Spay/Neuter Fund when making your gift. For further information please contact the Director of Development at donate@awla.org or (703) 931-9241 x220.

World Spay Day Vouchers:

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is pleased to support The Humane Society’s 24th annual World Spay Day initiative by offering significantly discounted (the lowest prices of the year) spay/neuter vouchers during the month of February to low-income residents of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area who can provide proof of an annual household income not exceeding $60,000.

From February 1 through February 29 (or as long as supplies last), qualified pet owners may purchase vouchers in-person at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, located at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, VA 22206 during regular business hours. Vouchers cost:  $50 for a dog neuter or spay and $25 for Cat neuter or spay.

Payment for Spay Day vouchers may be made by cash or credit card and clients must provide proof of household income (acceptable forms of proof are:  3 Pay Stubs/W2/Signed Tax Return/Unemployment, Social Security, Worker’s Comp, Veteran’s Benefit Stub). Vouchers are non-transferable and good for three (3) months from the date of purchase. Clients schedule their own appointments with the vet listed on their voucher after voucher purchase.

Pets must be at least three months old at the time of surgery, and owners must bring their pet’s medical records with them to the surgery appointment. (Without medical records, pets will be given required vaccines and/or tests prior to surgery at the owner’s expense and due upon receipt on the day of the spay/neuter surgery to the veterinary clinic.)

For questions about World Spay Day vouchers, please call (703) 931-9241, ext. 200.

Here are some other area low-cost spay/neuter options that are offered year-round:

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: offers a spay/neuter discount program available to low-income households with an annual household income of $60,000 or less. (703)746-4774.

Spay, Incorporated: offers a low-cost spay/neuter program with participating veterinarians throughout the Northern Virginia area. There are no income or residency restrictions. spayrequest01@spay.org

Humane Rescue Alliance: offers discounted spay/ neuter services to the public.  (202)726-2273

Anicira Veterinary Center: offers discounted spay/ neuter services to the public regardless of income or residency. Additionally, residents of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County may qualify for financial assistance. (571) 208-0199.

So why do people still allow their pets to have litters? Below are some of the excuses.

“It’s healthier for my pet to have one heat or one litter before being spayed.”
False! Going through heat actually increases a pet’s chances of developing mammary cancer, uterine or ovarian infections. Spaying eliminates these infections and reduces the risk of cancer. Neutering also reduces the risk of cancer in males.

“My pet’s personality will change.”
True! It will change for the better! Spaying and neutering helps prevent a cat or dog from developing aggressive, erratic (or embarrassing!) behavior due to territorial instincts or the drive to reproduce. They’ll be less inclined to run away and roam the neighborhood, too. Neutering your male cat before he matures will keep him from marking his indoor territory by “spraying.”

“My pet will get fat and lazy.”
Wrong, wrong, wrong! Spaying or neutering is not the reason pets gain weight. It’s too much food and too little exercise. And their metabolism slows down as they age, just like humans. Their diet must be adjusted to compensate for this.

“Spaying and neutering is ‘unnatural.'”
False! Today’s domestic cats and dogs are far removed from their wild ancestors and don’t live “naturally” anyway. There is no need for them to reproduce to preserve the species; there are too many already!

“My dog/cat won’t feel like a male/female.”
False! This is only a human issue. Animals are ruled by instinct and hormones, not psychology. Spaying or neutering them will not affect their “self-image.”

So you can see there really is NO excuse for not spaying or neutering your pet!