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How to get your pet spayed or neutered

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City of Boston Animal Care and Control offers affordable spay and neuter services for dogs and cats belonging to City residents. 

Step
1

Review the costs

Feline surgeries cost between $50 - $125. Please call us at 617-635-1800 for an exact price quote. This cost includes:

  • an exam
  • rabies and FVRCP shots
  • a nail trim, and
  • a microchip
Please note:

Low-income residents on assistance may also qualify for a free surgery by applying for a Mass Animal Fund voucher through the state.

Step
2

Book an appointment

Surgeries are by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment by calling 617-635-1800 or by email at vetcare@boston.gov. We'll let you know about available upcoming appointments.

Step
3

Prepare for surgery day

Pre-operation instructions:
  • Please do not offer food or treats to your pets after 12 a.m. the night before surgery. Puppies and kittens (under 4 months of age) can have a light breakfast the morning of surgery. All pets should have access to water.
  • Prior to the surgery date, please buy an Elizabethan collar (e-collar or cone) at a pet store and bring it with you to pick up your pet. This is important to prevent licking at the incision.
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If you have any questions, concerns, or if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call us at 617-635-1800. Please note: If you are having your surgery paid for by a Massachusetts Animal Fund voucher, changing the date of your surgery may cause your voucher to become invalid.

Step
4

Bring your pet on surgery day

The City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter is located at:

What to expect:
  • Please plan to arrive at the shelter between 8:15 - 9 a.m.  Pets will not be accepted after 9 a.m. without prior arrangement. Cats must be in a carrier.
  • Please bring payment at drop off. We accept checks and money orders made payable to the City of Boston.
  • We will call you when your pet is ready to go home. Pickup time is typically between 3 - 3:30 p.m. We will notify you if your pet is ready sooner.
  • Cats receive long-acting injection pain medications during surgery. We will explain other instructions at that time.
Step
1

Review the costs

Canine surgeries cost between $75 - $200. Please call 617-635-1800 for an exact price quote. This cost includes:

  • an exam
  • rabies and DA2PP shots
  • a nail trim, and
  • a microchip.
Please note:

Low-income residents on assistance may also qualify for a free surgery by applying for a Mass Animal Fund voucher through the state.

Step
2

Book an appointment

Surgeries are by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment by calling 617-635-1800 or by email at vetcare@boston.gov. We'll let you know about available upcoming appointments.

Step
3

Prepare for surgery day

Pre-operation instructions:
  • Please do not offer food or treats to your pets after 12 a.m. the night before surgery. Puppies and kittens (under 4 months of age) can have a light breakfast the morning of surgery. All pets should have access to water.
  • Prior to the surgery date, please buy an Elizabethan collar (e-collar or cone) at a pet store and bring it with you to pick up your pet.  This is important to prevent licking at the incision.
Download:

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call us at 617-635-1800. Please note: If you are having your surgery paid for by a Massachusetts Animal Fund voucher, changing the date of your surgery may cause your voucher to become invalid.

Step
4

Bring your pet on surgery day

The City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter is located at:

What to expect:
  • Please plan to arrive at the shelter between 8:15 - 9 a.m.  Pets will not be accepted after 9 a.m. without prior arrangement. Dogs must be leashed.
  • Please bring payment at drop off. We accept checks and money orders made payable to the City of Boston.
  • We will call you when your pet is ready to go home. Pickup time is typically between 3 - 3:30 p.m. We will notify you if your pet is ready sooner.
  • Dogs will have additional pain medications to start the morning following surgery. We will explain other instructions at that time.
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