Why Spay/Neuter Your Pet?

Spaying and neutering are common surgeries that ensure dogs and cats can’t reproduce. Spaying is the surgery for female dogs and cats; neutering is the surgery for male dogs and cats.

Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet is one of the most important and beneficial choices you can make for your animal. When you consider all of the positives, it's also one of the easiest. From your pet’s health and behavior to helping our areas chronic pet overpopulation problem, spaying and neutering have positive long-term effects on the well-being of your animal and our community.

Benefits of Spaying Female Pets

  • Decreases the risk of breast cancer and tumors.
  • Eliminates uterine disease, ovarian cysts, miscarriages and delivery complications.
  • Stops the heat cycle (bloody discharge, nervous pacing, crying/yowling) which, in turn, stops male dogs from having the urge to come into your yard.

Benefits of Neutering Male Pets

  • Decreases the risk of enlarged prostates, testicular cancer and tumors.
  • Stops the mating drive and subsequent spraying, reducing the urge to roam and mount.
  • Reduces aggression against other animals, lowering the risk of injury, infection and expensive veterinary bills.

Our Spay/Neuter Programs:

Adopted Dogs and Cats: Every pet adopted from our shelter is spayed/neutered before leaving with their new families. There is no additional fee for this service and is included in our adoption price.

Community Cat Spay/Neuter Services: If you have community cats (also known as feral cats or stray cats) living on your property please contact Cat's Cradle at (540) 433-1135 or for information on low cost spay/neuter services.

Public Spay/Neuter Services: Twice a month SVASC is able to provide reduced cost spay/neuter services to the public through a transport to Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, VA, for cats and dogs.

  • An appointment must be reserved with our shelter so that we can make sure there is room on the van. You can register here:
  • Animals will need to be dropped off at our shelter on the morning of the appointment:
      • 7:00 am for cats
      • 7:20 am for dogs
  • Please do not arrive before 7:00 am. The transport van arrives at 7:30 am.
  • Pick up is around 7:00 pm the same day.
  • No food after midnight, but water is fine.
  • All cats must be in a plastic crate to go on the transport. If you do not have a crate, please try to borrow one or ask the shelter if there is one you may borrow.
  • Feral cats must be in traps.
  • All dogs must be walked prior to loading onto the van. Please walk BEFORE coming to the shelter.
  • Please keep all animals in vehicle until paperwork is filled out.

Cash or check is accepted and checks are to be made payable to SVASC.

If you need financial assistance to have a pet spayed or neutered, please call the shelter. Financial assistance is sometimes available to assist with the costs of the surgeries.


The current price is $55 for a cat spay or neuter.

Price includes cat spay or neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, and pain medication.

Microchip is available for an additional $15.


The current price is $65 for a dog spay or neuter.

Price includes dog spay or neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, and pain medication.

Microchip is available for an additional $15.

Interested in getting your pet spayed or neutered?

Call us at (540) 943-5142 or send us a message and get on our transport list.