Spay/Neuter Appointments

Please note: The clinic will be closed September 5th-9th.

Need to make an appointment?

We fill our surgery schedule one month at a time. We will open each month's schedule on the dates below. To book, follow the link at the bottom of this page. Be prompt! The schedule fills very quickly!

  • August & September schedules are full

  • October schedule opens at 7:30am on Thursday, September 1st

  • November schedule opens at 7:30am on Monday, October 3rd

Kittens and puppies may be safely spayed or neutered at 8 weeks of age and 2lbs. Cats and dogs may be spayed if they are in heat or pregnant. Additional charges apply for dogs 60+lbs and/or for male animals with a retained testicle.

Note that there is a 3 pet per household per month limit. 

Pricing & Services 

We aim to make quality spay/neuter affordable to all clients. We have implemented tiered pricing to ensure care is accessible to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. Accessible pricing in the form of reduced-cost surgeries is available to owners who receive food stamps (SNAP/LINK), Social Security Disability, or VA disability benefits.

 

To receive accessible pricing, owners must bring proof of benefits and a matching photo ID to their pet's appointment.

 

Regular surgery fees

  • Cats $60

  • Dogs <60lbs $150

  • Dogs 60+lbs $175

Accessible pricing surgery fees

  • Cats $45

  • Dogs <60 lbs $75

  • Dogs 60+lbs $100

Vaccine Package

  • Rabies, distemper, Sangamon County Rabies tag $30

Click HERE for a full list of services and fees.

Payment is due at check-in. We accept cash and all major credit/debit cards. (We cannot process Care Credit.)

Drop-off & Pick-up Times

Please be prompt for all appointments times. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Late pick-ups will be assessed a $25 boarding fee. 

 

Drop-off times

  • Monday-Friday 8:00-8:30am.

Pick-up times

  • Monday-Thursday appointments: 7:30am the morning following surgery

  • Friday appointments: 4:00pm the same day of surgery 

 

Why do we keep pets overnight Monday-Thursday but not Friday? Your pet requires several hours of recovery time before going home. Because we perform a full day of surgery Monday-Thursday, we keep pets overnight so that they're fully recovered upon release. Fridays we perform a half-day of surgery so that all pets have several hours of recovery before release. Maximizing our time in surgery Monday-Thursday allows us to keep prices low. 

Certain medical conditions may affect your pet's fitness for surgery. Please call or email us if your pet has any of the following conditions: 

  • retained testicle (cryptorchid)

  • heart murmur

  • previous abdominal surgery

  • history of seizures

  • is currently nursing a litter

  • significantly overweight

  • brachycephalic dog breeds including but not limited to Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pug

  • is taking any medications, especially steroids or pain medications

  • any other pre-existing medical conditions

 

APL reserves the right to refuse surgery to an animal if a health risk is determined. We will not accept animals exhibiting signs of upper respiratory infection, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. 

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call (217-789-7729) or email (aplclinic@apl-shelter.org) us at least one business day in advance. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be required to pre-pay for any future appointments. 

Pre-Operative Instructions

Dogs

  • Dogs 4 months of age and older: No food after midnight. Water is allowed. 

  • Puppies under 4 months old: Do not withhold food or water. Feed a small meal the morning of surgery.

  • Please leave your dog in the car when you arrive and check-in at the clinic lobby. Clinic staff will direct you when to bring your dog indoors. 

  • Please bring all dogs on a leash. 

Cats

  • Cats 4 months and older: Do not withhold food; feed like normal. Water is allowed.

  • Kittens under 4 months of age: Do not withhold food or water. Feed a small meal the morning of surgery.

  • Please bring all cats in a carrier. If you do not have cat carrier, you may purchase a cardboard carrier for $5. 

Vaccines

Our veterinarians strongly recommend that your pet's vaccines (rabies, distemper, and bordetella) are up-to-date when coming for surgery. Rabies vaccines are required for all pets and are available for $10 at the time of surgery. If your pet's rabies vaccine is up-to-date, please bring proof of that vaccine to your appointment. APL cannot be held responsible for contagious diseases for which your pet was not previously properly vaccinated. 

Post-Operative Instructions

For a full list of post-operative instructions click here.

APL will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery if post-operative instructions have been followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern: 217-789-7729.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter

Reduced-cost surgeries are available for outdoor-only unowned cats through our feral cat program. If you are feeding feral cats and would like to get them fixed, we're happy to loan you a live trap to do so! Please call our office at 217-789-7729 to borrow a live trap and for a list of dates that cats can come in for surgery. All feral cats must stay with us overnight.

 

Please visit our Feral Cat page for more information on our trap/neuter/return program.

All surgery appointments are full for June and July.
To make an appointment for August, please check back at 7:30am on Friday, July 1st.



If your pet is or may be pregnant, please call our office to be placed on our cancelation list.