Spay-Neuter Assistance

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Friends of the Shelter subsidizes spay/neuter costs for those in Northern Kentucky communities who would otherwise be unable to afford this important service. We offer services to individuals in Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton counties.


The Economic Veterinary Initiative is now partnering with Friends of the Shelter. Northern Kentucky residents in our supported counties will pay $25 for Spay and $10 for Neuter. Proof of residence is required and it covers owned cats only. They are at 8018 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati. Visit the EVI Website for more information and to schedule: We will pay $30 for your spay/neuter and will be billed directly. You do not need a voucher.

Companion cats who have access to the outside can be fixed through OAR (Ohio Alleycat Resource) or UCAN (United Coalition for Animals). This is now being subsidized by a grant from the Joanie Bernard Foundation, not Friends of the Shelter, so please contact OAR or UCAN with questions or to schedule. Do not contact us.

Outdoor or community cats, can be fixed for free through the OAR or UCAN grant. They will be ear-notched and returned to their outdoor community at no cost to you. Just call your local shelter, OAR or UCAN. To read about their grant, click here.

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Dogs can have spay/neuter for $20, if you use a UCAN (United Coalition for Animals) transport from the following county shelters: Boone, Grant, and Pendleton. (Dogs over 100 lbs may have an extra fee.) Rabies vaccines (required by law) can be purchased for $10 from UCAN, if your dog does not currently have one. Friends of the Shelter covers $70 of the surgery cost. We will be billed directly from UCAN so you do not have to fill out any paperwork for us. Just schedule your transport with them.

We do not cover dogs on a walk-in basis, only via the transport. The Transport Scheduling Number for UCAN is 513-762-0130.

If you are in Campbell, Gallatin, Kenton or Owen County you can arrange for transport from one of the supported transports (Boone, Grant or Pendleton).

All transports book several months in advance, so please plan accordingly.

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If you cannot use the transport for any reason, you may still be eligible for a $60 voucher toward services at some Northern Kentucky veterinary clinics. Print the application available here, Spay Neuter Form, complete it and mail to: Friends of the Shelter, PO Box 93, Union, KY 41091-0093. Someone will be in touch with you to help you access low cost spay/neuter services. Using the voucher at a private clinic may result in higher out of pocket expenses.