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.


Companion cats can be fixed through OAR (Ohio Alleycat Resource) or UCAN (United Coalition for Animals). The cost to you is $30 effective January 1, 2021. This is now being subsidized by a grant from the Joanie Bernard Foundation, not Friends of the Shelter, so please please contact OAR or UCAN with questions or to schedule. When this grant runs out we will again pick up the subsidy for cats.

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 community at no cost to you. Just call your local shelter, OAR or UCAN.

You now have a third option for cats. The Economic Veterinary Initative is now partnering with us. We will pay $30 for your spay/neuter. 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:

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Dogs can be spayed for $30 and neutered for $20, 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.) Rabies vaccines (required by law) can be purchased for $10 from UCAN, if your dog does not currently have one.

We do not cover dogs on a walk-in basis.

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).

Friends of the Shelter covers $60 of the surgery and will be billed directly from UCAN.

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.