Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Details
Guelph Humane Society (GHS) was pleased to offer low-cost spay and neuter opportunities in the City of Guelph, Guelph Eramosa, and Centre Wellington Township, thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada. GHS partnered with the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) to provide under-resourced, owned pets with spay/neuter surgeries. This innovative collaboration was the first of its kind in our community, where previously there have been very limited low-cost spay neuter options.
Between November 2019 and October 2020, this program provided 151 pets with a low-cost spay/neuter. (The goal of the program was to reach 150!)
GHS is not currently seeking further participants for this program, but please stay tuned for new opportunities. GHS is aware that there is a need for this type of service in our community.
Clinic Photos and Testimonials
“I wanted to give some feedback about the clinic this past Saturday. This was probably the most well-organized event I have ever attended. Everything was well communicated and the drop off and pick up went so fast and convenient. It would be great to have clinics like this more often. It’s affordable for people who love having farm cats or even dogs, but to have them fixed is pricy. Kittens are doing well. They seem to be living their best kitten life in the tack room.” – Danielle
“We are so thankful for the clinic, as we believe strongly in supporting the spay and neutering of cats. We came across a local barn that was overrun with barn cats – a well meaning start to barn cats must have gone out of control quickly. We have been able to bring many barn cats to this program, and, as a result, will have prevented further overpopulation problems that couldn’t have been stopped without the funding from PetSmart to allow this to happen.” – Anonymous
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, OVC and PetSmart for putting together the great spay/neuter program today. Everything was so professionally organized and smooth. I’m happy to have Charlie fixed and vaccinated. He’s such a good cat.” – Karen
“The doctors and volunteers were all wonderful!! I was so impressed with how this is run. It is very well organized. Everyone is so caring. You know immediately all the people involved want the best for these animals. Kristina was prompt to answer all my questions. Dr. Bateman took the time to go over the whole procedure on zoom. The Doctor performing the surgery personally explained all the aftercare. Again, what an amazing friendly group!” – Cindy
“I’d like to express my thanks to everyone involved … thanks to Guelph Humane Society, OVC and PetSmart charities for making this all affordable and possible. As a farmer, mice and rats are inevitable. So a need for barn cats is high… as we all know, with barn cats often comes more barn cats and more barn cats over populating and making for a lot of stray kittens! This is how I got my barn kitties, one was found in a ditch likely dropped off by someone who didn’t want any more cats and the other three came from a barn with wayyyyyy too many kittens/cats. Thanks to all who organized this – very professional, and super friendly people! Kittens were very offended for a few days but have come around and seem to like me again! Please know that everything you all do is very much appreciated thank you so much from kitty 1, 2 and 3!” -anonymous
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Eligibility
Who was eligible?
- Barn cats (who live in a barn and have a caretaker or owner) living in the City of Guelph, Centre Wellington or Guelph-Eramosa townships.
- Cats and dogs of Community Veterinary Outreach clients.
Why was the eligibility of the program limited?
The low-cost spay/neuter clinic was specifically targeted in order to have the most impact in our community. Specifically:
- Barn cats: GHS consistently see barns filled with dozens of cats, whose owners recognize the overpopulation problem but cannot afford multiple spay/neuter surgeries.
- Community Veterinary Outreach clients: There is a constant wait-list of Community Veterinary Outreach clients with cats and dogs who would benefit greatly from subsidized spay/neuter surgery. Community Veterinary Outreach helps to provide veterinary care for pets whose owners are homeless or are vulnerably housed. To learn more, or to inquire about becoming a Community Veterinary Outreach client, visit the Community Veterinary Outreach website!
Are there other resources I can access for low-cost spay neuter services?
There are other local spay neuter services available. Check them out here:
- Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
- Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford-Perth Humane Society
- Hamilton-Burlington SPCA