Friends of Animals - Low Cost Spaying and Neutering
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.