Free and low-cost spaying and neutering operations are available through shelters and rescue organizations. Some rescue organizations include the spay surgery or a low-cost option with the adoption fee. The ASPCA offers a database of low-cost options searchable by location.
Spaying and neutering surgery is a routine procedure to prevent unwanted litters. It also contributes to a long, healthy life for a pet. This surgery can reduce some and eliminate many complications and illnesses a pet may face later in life. The procedure involves general anesthesia and a sterile technique to remove the uterus and ovaries or testicles. As of 2015, the cost of these procedures can be upwards of $200 depending on location and type of facility.