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Friends of Animals - Low Cost Spaying and Neutering

Updated on November 12, 2008

Having just got a puppy recently, we were in need of having him neutered. He is a large dog and we were looking at spending a couple of hundred dollars on this procedure. I started looking into cheaper options and found the Friends of Animals website online. Friends of Animals was started in 1957 and advocates for the rights of all animals, not just dogs and cats.

Friends of Animals has partnered with veterinarians all over the United States to offer low cost spaying and neutering. It is a process and not instantaneous, but the procedure is not hard and from obtaining the certificate to having our dog neutered was less than two weeks. The first thing you need to do is search their site based on your zip code to determine if there is a vet in your area that offers these low cost procedures. I had many options to choose from, so it seems to be a pretty popular partnership among vets.

You need to enter your email address and location and the website will automatically send you an email with a list of local vets that participate. Once you find a vet in your area (you do need to call them and verify that they accept the certificate from Friends of Animals) you can purchase your certificate online. The cost ranges from $51 to $90 and is only for cats and dogs. If you have a large dog like we do and you don't get it done soon enough, then you will probably have to pay a little bit extra once you get to the vet. For my vet it was if the dog was larger than 50 pounds. It only added $20 though, so I feel like this was still a good deal.

In the email giving you your vet options there will be instructions on how to purchase a certificate online. It is a secure site and they will mail you the certificate. Once you get the certificate you can call your veterinarian and make an appointment. When you get to the appointment, just give them the certificate and it should cover everything for the surgery. There were certain procedures I had to follow to purchase my certificate, it certainly isn't a one click, instant thing, but it was worth it. I saved over $100 by going through Friends of Animals to have my dog neutered. If you need this procedure done for your animal, I would highly recommend this program.


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      Elizabeth Rivello 5 years ago

      I bought certificates for my cats and dogs. Called all the vets in my area and was told that I had to come in and see them for a wellness visit first costing another $42-$47 for each pet. Sorry the savings is just not there. My total added was well over $200.00.

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      Cindy Letchworth 9 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks for sharing this information. It is always good to know there is help if one needs it.

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      Wendy 9 years ago

      Jennifer, I am glad you had a good doctor to handle the spaying of your puppy. I got a certificate from Friends of Animals to get a male kitten neuetered. They told me I had to come in to make sure he had all his shots.... This cost a total of $114.00 for 2 shots at $25 each, a $60 exam and then a $4.00 hazardous waste disposal fee. I set up the appointment and on the morning I was presented with an estimate for fees not covered by the certificate that ranged from $237-$327 dollars. They also wanted to do a stool sample exam which would have added more money. I was so disgusted that I signed the paperwork, drove down the road three miles and then turned around and got the cat and the certificate because they were trying to rob me. I phoned up a place that has a mobile unit. that would do the whole thing for $60 and even include one of the shots I paid $25 for in the price. Had I known about this mobile cat spay clinic, I never would have gone to this vet who thought I was some sort of "cash cow". If you are interested in getting a F of A certificate, take it to the vet and get an itemized list of "uncovered expenses" before placing the order for the certificate so you don't waste your time and money like I did.

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      bethgould71 9 years ago from Ohio

      Too bad Friends of Animals does not have participating vets in my area, but at least I have the Rascal Unit here in Ohio. I got my lab mix pup spayed there last year for way less than cheap vets, and now I have a kitten who needs to be spayed very soon. I'll be spending $85 (price includes pain meds), which is $20 more than Friends of Animals, but still way less than cheap vets charge. What a great organization that is!

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      LouiseKnittel 9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the Great info!!!!

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      Bruce Elkin 9 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Very helpful info, Jennifer. Thanks. I'll pass this on to friends who are just about to get a puppy. I'm sure they'll find it helpful.