The spay and neuter certificates from Friends of Animals are available for purchase online. Alternatively, order a certificate by mail by calling the organization's hotline. As of 2015, the certificates range from $51 for a male cat to $90 for a female dog.
Before requesting a certificate, look for a participating veterinarian by submitting your ZIP code at the Friends of Animals website. Call the veterinarian, and verify if he participates in the spay-and-neuter program. Inquire about requirements of the procedure, and mention your intent to use the certificate. Friends of Animals advices pet owners not to visit their chosen veterinarian if they haven't yet receive their certificates. The organization typically requires seven business days to process requests and mail the certificates.
Pet owners can use the certificate to waive the cost of a standard spay or neuter procedure. Coverage includes pre-op checkups, anesthesia, waste disposal, post-op care and the procedure itself. Owners may need to pay for additional fees if, for instance, their pets are pregnant, weigh more than 50 pounds or require blood tests. Friends of Animals recommends spaying or neutering pets that are between 2 and 6 months old. The certificates have a one-year validity, and pet owners can request a refund for unused certificates.