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.


You may have your companion cat fixed for $20 through OAR (Ohio Alley Cat Rescue). Contact OAR directly with questions or to schedule. You may use their transport or take them to the OAR clinic yourself. Friends of the Shelter will be billed $35 for the procedure.

If you or someone you know is feeding outdoor cats, you can have them fixed for free through OAR or UCAN. They will be ear-notched and returned to their outdoor home at no cost to you. Just call your local shelter, OAR or UCAN.

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Dogs can be spayed for $40 and neutered for $30, if they 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.) We do not cover dogs on a walk-in basis.

If you are in a different county you can arrange for transport from one of the supported shelters. Friends of the Shelter will cover $50 of the surgery and will be billed directly from UCAN. Rabies vaccines (required by law) can be purchased for $10, if your dog does not currently have one.

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

If you cannot use the transport for any reason, you may still be eligible for a $50 voucher toward services at most 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.