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Email Us: info@apl-shelter.org  /  217-544-7387  /  1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702

Spay/Neuter Clinic 

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—ferals, strays, and other unaltered animals whose owners often cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery. 


Our Spay/Neuter Clinic is a high-quality, high-volume, 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.  

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 60%!


Scheduling Information

All pets require an appointment. Drop-off Monday-Friday is from 8:00-8:30am. Pick up is the following morning at 7:30am, or at 4:00 the same day for surgeries performed on Fridays. Please be prompt; we are not able to accommodate late drop-offs and pick-ups.

Please call our office to schedule an appointment: 217-789-7729.


Kittens and puppies can be safely spayed or neutered at 8 weeks old. We recommend spaying or neutering before 5 months of age.  Spaying or neutering before 5 months of age ensures your pet won’t have an accidental litter, helps prevent mammary cancer in females, and helps prevent such hormone-related behaviors as urine marking and aggression.


Read more about the importance of spaying or neutering your pet before 5 months here.

Pre-operative Instructions


  • Dogs 4 months of age and older should have food withheld after midnight the night before surgery.

  • Puppies under 4 months of age and all cats and kittens may have food throughout the night before surgery.

  • All animals may have water through the morning of surgery.

Please inform us if your animal has any prior 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 (runny eyes and nose or coughing). 

Please bring all dogs on a leash and all cats in a cat carrier.

Please call our office to

schedule an appointment!


If you live in Sangamon County, ask about our $25 rate 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.

Additional Services:

Prices are for services performed at the time of surgery.  Please call our office at 217-789-7729 for vaccine clinic pricing.

Other services available:

Microchip $12

Nail trim $3

NexGard Chews for Dogs 3-pack $46

Heartworm preventative 6-month supply $20-$35 by weight

Cheristin for Cats flea preventative 6-pack $50