Frequently Asked Questions

Spay Inc. Program

Spay Inc. is a program of the SPCA of Northern Virginia that provides discounted spay and neuter referrals for dogs and cats in Northern Virginia. We work with a network of participating hospitals to offer affordable spay/neuter surgeries.

Our participating veterinarians are in Northern Virginia, but anyone in the surrounding areas may use the low-cost referral program. If you don’t live in Northern Virginia or the surrounding areas and need information about spay/neuter programs in your city or state, check out one or more of the national databases that allow you to search by zip code.

Everyone qualifies to participate in Spay Inc.’s low-cost spay/neuter program – there are no income or residency requirements.

There is a wide range of available services and prices for spaying/neutering.

Spay Inc. does not offer reduced-cost vaccinations. Please check with your local animal shelter for low-cost vaccination clinics. Luv My Pet also offers discounted vaccinations at local Petco and Unleashed stores.

Yes, most veterinary clinics require that your pet be up to date on their rabies and other vaccinations before they will perform the spay/neuter surgery. Some veterinarians will administer your pet’s vaccinations at the time of spay/neuter.

No, your cat may not be declawed at the time of spay/neuter when using the Spay Inc. program. Declawing is cruel and unnecessary, and can lead to health and behavior problems, including urinating outside the litter box and biting. Learn more about declawing.

You may use the Spay Inc. low-cost program to spay/neuter a feral cat, but there are other local programs, such as Metro Ferals or the Humane Rescue Alliance CatNiPP Program, that are more cost effective for controlling feral cat colonies via trap-neuter-return (TNR).

If you have not received a response within one week of submitting your online request, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot locate a response, send an email to Spay Inc. at or leave a voice message at 703-522-7920.

Please contact us at to join our low-cost spay/neuter program and help solve the pet overpopulation problem in Northern Virginia and beyond.

The most important thing you can do is set a good example by spaying/neutering your own pets and encouraging your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to do the same. If you know someone who cannot afford to have their pets spayed/neutered, please refer them to Spay Inc. In addition, donations are always needed, as the SPCA of Northern Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that does not receive government funds. Be sure to designate your donation for Spay Inc.

Yes, please contact us if you need assistance choosing from our network of Spay Inc. animal hospitals. The best way to reach us is via email at

Spay Inc. may have special funding available for low-income pet owners or other hardship situations. There are also several local low-cost spay/neuter clinics in our area. Check out our Spay/Neuter Resources, or email Spay Inc. for additional suggestions at

General Spay/Neuter Questions

Both “spay” and “neuter” refer to the reproductive sterilization of dogs, cats, and other animals. It is also sometimes called “fixing” an animal. “Spay” refers to the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. “Neuter” refers the surgical removal of the testicles from a male pet.

Most pets are spayed/neutered around five months old – before their first heat cycle. As long as your pet is healthy, spaying/neutering can be performed at almost any age to prevent unwanted litters and provide health benefits.

Absolutely not! The health benefits of spaying before the first heat cycle are well documented, and there are already too many wonderful puppies and kittens who need homes. For every cute puppy or kitten adopted from your pet’s litter, one less will be adopted from your local animal shelter or rescue group.

Yes! Please spay/neuter your purebred cats and dogs Up to 30 percent of animals surrendered to animal shelters are purebreds. There are not enough homes for all of these animals, including young, healthy, and pedigreed pets.

Many pets become calmer and better behaved after being spayed/neutered. They no longer have the urge to mate and will be less likely to run away and get into fights with other dogs and cats.

Spay/Neuter Resources

National Databases

The following sites give you the ability to enter your zip code to find the nearest low-cost spay/neuter services in your area: