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Low Cost or Free Spay - Neuter
Programs in the United States


(For other states, click here)

For cats in Illinois, listed below are low cost or free spay and neuter programs, plus local information sources who may be able to tell you about other programs. Some programs serve only low income people, but most are open to all, regardless of income. Some work only with pet cats, or only feral (untame) cats, but other programs work with both pets and ferals. We believe the listings here are correct at this writing, but call the programs to be sure.

If you know about other low cost or free spay/neuter programs or if you have updates to our listings, please tell us.

If you don't find a relevant listing for your area, don't give up. First, call Spay/USA and Friends of Animals (see Nationwide), who have programs for discount spay/neuter services in many towns across the country. Also, call local humane societies, SPCAs, animal welfare groups, and cat rescue groups in your area. And call those in nearby towns and bordering counties because these groups often know about spay/neuter services in neighboring areas. If you have rescued a cat or you take care of ferals, ask local vet clinics whether they offer some kind of good-Samaritan discount.

Prices can vary widely even in the same city. Also, when discussing prices, be sure to ask whether there are any other charges or fees in addition to the price of the spay/neuter. For example, sometimes a clinic will require that a cat receive a rabies vaccination if he has not already had one. (Rabies vaccinations are required by law in many areas of the U.S.)

About vaccinations. Based on recent research about vaccine safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect, most veterinarians are not giving as many vaccinations as in the past. (Rabies vaccinations, however, are required by law in many localities). For the latest recommendations about what vaccinations to give and when, see the American Association of Feline Practitioners' Feline Vaccination Guidelines and related info at the Winn Foundation's web site.

Feral cats. If you are caring for a group of feral cats outdoors, check the useful points about caring for ferals, at the Alley Cat Allies web site and also read the article "The Truth About Cats & FIV" by Richard Allen, DVM. Alley Cat Allies is the national organization teaching local governments, organizations, animal control agencies, and the public about feral cats and about reducing feral cat populations through trap/neuter/release (TNR). Cats are released back to their original home site (as long as it's safe), with daily food and water and caretaker supervision. If you're trying to help feral cats in your area, ACA has a nationwide network of volunteers who provide advice about caretaking, TNR, local feral spay/neuter services, etc. Click here to visit ACA's web site.

Also, the Feral Cat Coalition of San Diego has worked wonders in reducing feral cat populations in their city through humane methods, and they have lots of information about ferals from their experiences.

Kitten care. Spay or neuter at an early age can have benefits if you can find a vet with experience. Check the Alley Cat Allies' web site under 'Health' for useful information about early-age spay/neuter. For veterinarians and others involved with spay/neuter programs, the American Humane Association (Englewood, CO 800-227-4645) has a 30-page brochure and accompanying video for $14 about early-age spay/neuter, titled "The Case for Early Neutering" by veterinarians Alicia Faggella, Patricia Olson, and Mark Bloomberg.


ILLINOIS...Low cost or free spay/neuter info and programs:

PrairieLand Anticruelty
Champaign IL
Quincy Humane Society
Quincy IL

Knox County Humane Society
1855 Windish Drive
Galesburg, IL 61401
Discount certificates for s/n at participating veterinary clinics.

Better Pets Clinic
Moline IL

Low cost s/n for western Illinois and eastern Iowa area.

Quad City Animal Welfare Center
724 West 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264

Serving surrounding areas in Iowa and Illinois, Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, etc. Low costs for spay/neuter, tests, and vaccinations.

Alley Cat Allies Chicago area workshops

Anti-Cruelty Society
147 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610

Call for information and for requirements to set up an appointment for low cost s/n.

Bethalto Spay Clinic
Bethalto, IL

Humane Society of Southern Illinois
Murphyboro/Carbondale area IL
Once a month, they sell a limited number of vouchers for $35 each (at this writing) that the purchaser takes to a participating veterinarian for spay/neuter at no additional cost.

ARF (Animal Rescue Fountain Inc)
Glen Ellyn IL

Homes for Endangered & Lost Pets
PO Box 972
St. Charles, IL 60174

Information about services in the area.

Illinois Citizens Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

Pets and ferals. Call for information and appointment.

Animal Welfare League (2 locations)
6224 South Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60415
Pets and ferals. Call for information and appointment.

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Call for information regarding participating veterinarians, etc.

Felines, Inc.
PO Box 60616
Chicago, IL 60660

PAWS Chicago
Lurie Family Spay/Neuter clinic
3516 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

Call for appointment. Low cost spay/neuter and low cost vaccinations, tests, Frontline, and Heartgard.

Tinley Park IL
Ask about participating veterinarians. Orland Park and Country Club Hills.

Humane Society of Winnebago County
Rockford IL

Kankakee County Humane Society
Kankakee, IL

Low cost spay/neuter for all pets.

Winnebago County Animal Services
Rockford, IL

Low cost spay/neuter for qualified low income.

Stop the Overpopulation of Pets, Inc.
PO Box 1103
Dundee, IL 60118

Provides discount certificates for s/n to be used at a participating vet clinic.

River Woods Pet Clinic
Lincolnshire, IL

In cooperation with local humane organizations, low cost s/n for pets and feral cats as well as early spay/neuter of kittens as small as 2 pounds and as young as 8 weeks.

PO Box 1964
Evanston, IL 60204
847-705-2653 email

Lake County Animal Protection
Northern Illinois locations


If you know about other low cost or free spay/neuter programs
or if you have updates to our listings, please
tell us.



Friends of Animals
777 Post Road, Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820

Friends of Animals provides discount certificates for spaying and neutering. They'll send you an order form and a directory of participating veterinarians nationwide. You pay Friends of Animals for a certificate which you then take to the vet. Veterinarians are invited to call for information about participating.

2261 Broadbridge Ave
Stratford, CT 06614

Call Spay/USA to get the names, phone numbers, and prices of services that have agreed to provide lower cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs in your local area. Private veterinarians, community programs, and special clinics participate nationwide. If your area needs additional spay/neuter services, request Spay/USA's packet of materials to distribute to local vets and organizations.