Due to a shortage of veterinarians, for the remainder of 2021 we are accepting new dog appointments for low-income clients who receive food stamps, SSDI, or SSI only.
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 visit our Pricing and Appointments page.
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
Please call our office at 217-789-7729 for a list of dates that cats can come in for surgery. Often, the clinic accepts cats one or two at a time without an appointment Monday-Thursday. Drop-off is between 8-8:30am and pick-up from 7:30-8:30am the following morning. All feral cats must stay with us overnight. If you cannot make these drop-off and pick-up times, please discuss this with clinic staff prior to dropping off.
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.
Dog Surgery Pricing*
*For the remainder of 2021, dog appointments are available to owners who receive food stamps, social security disability (SSDI), and supplemental security income (SSI). Proof of receipt of benefits will be required prior to surgery.
Cat Surgery Pricing
Additional Services Available:
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.
*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.
Other services available:
Nail trim $3
Cryptorchid (retained testicle) $15-30 additional charge
Umbilical hernia repair $15
Cardboard cat carrier $5
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)
Catego for cats flea preventative $50 for 6 pack