For too long, euthanasia has been used to address over-population of cats and dogs. APL’s goal is to defeat that tragedy by targeting the most prolific populations—feral cats, strays, and other unaltered animals whose owners often cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery.
Our Spay/Neuter Clinic is a high-volume, high-quality, low-cost facility dedicated to serving Sangamon and surrounding counties. Clinic clients include pet owners, as well as more than 30 “shelter partners”—animal control agencies, shelters, and rescue groups within a 90-mile radius of Springfield. Shelter partners coordinate the scheduling and transporting of animals to and from their communities to our clinic. If you live outside the Springfield area, there may be an organization near you that participates in our transport program. Click here for a list of Transport Contacts.
Since its opening in 2006, APL’s Spay/Neuter Clinic has performed 160,000 surgeries, and the number of euthanasias at Sangamon County Animal Control has dropped by nearly 80%!
All pets require an appointment. Drop-off on Monday-Friday is from 8:00-8:30am. Pick up is the following morning at 7:30am, or at 4:00pm the same day for surgeries performed on Fridays. Please be prompt; we are not able to accommodate late drop-offs and pick-ups. To schedule an appointment call us at 217-789-7729.
Please inform us if your animal has any prior medical conditions or takes any medications. 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 (runny eyes and nose or coughing).
Please bring all dogs on a leash and all cats in a cat carrier.
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter
We accept feral cats one or two cats at a time without an appointment Monday-Thursday between 8:00am-noon. We do not accept feral cats on Fridays. Feral cat caretakers are strongly encouraged to drop off at our normal time of 8:00-8:30am. Pick up is the following morning between 7:30-8:00am.
Please visit our Feral Cat page for more information on our trap/neuter/return program.
Dogs 4 months of age and older: No food after midnight. Water is allowed.
Puppies and kittens under 4 months of age: Do not withhold food or water. Feed a small meal the morning of surgery.
Cats 4 months and older: Do not withhold food; feed like normal. Water is allowed.
When should I have my pet spayed/neutered?
Kittens and puppies can be safely spayed or neutered at 8 weeks old. In general, we recommend spaying or neutering by 5 months of age. Spaying or neutering by 5 months old ensures your pet won’t have an accidental litter, helps prevent mammary cancer in females, and helps prevent undesirable hormone-related behaviors like urine marking and aggression.
Read more about the importance of spaying or neutering your pet before 5 months here.
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If you live in Sangamon County, ask about our half price special for pit bulls!
*In Sangamon County, rabies registration is required and is $17 per year. APL requires that all dogs and cats have a rabies vaccination. If your pet is current on her rabies vaccine, please bring proof of this with you.
To best protect your pets from illness, our veterinarians highly recommend vaccinating your pets at least two weeks prior to surgery. Rabies, canine and feline distemper, and bordetella vaccinations are offered at our monthly vaccine clinics. For vaccine clinic information and pricing click here. Prices below are for services performed at the time of surgery.
Prices are for services performed at the time of surgery. Click here for vaccine clinic pricing.
Other services available:
Nail trim $3
NexGard Chews for Dogs 3-pack $46
Heartworm preventative 6-month supply $20-$35 by weight (Must have a heartworm test at our clinic to purchase)
Revolution for cats flea and heartworm preventative $10
Catego for cats flea preventative $50 for 6 pack