Ohio Spay/Neuter Connection


If you’re looking for low-cost spay/neuter options in Ohio,
you’ve come to the right place!

Welcome to Ohio Spay/Neuter Connection, a program of Ohio Animal Advocates (OAA) in partnership with United Spay Alliance

The goal of Ohio Spay/Neuter Connection is to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs by reducing the pet population through spaying and neutering. OAA is proud to partner with United Spay Alliance, and serve as the Statewide Leader for Ohio.  Together, we are overcoming obstacles to help more families find the resources they need to get their pets spayed and neutered.  When more pets are spayed and neutered, fewer animals enter shelters.

Spay/neuter programs are incredibly cost-effective compared to sheltering animals. A national survey found that shelters spend an average of $176 for each impounded animal, with a cost of $450 to ultimately place an animal into a new home.

Low-cost spay/neuter programs have been shown to reduce both euthanasia and shelter intake rates


Cost savings due to spay/neuter range from $116-$390 per animal

NEWS FLASH! Ohio House Bill 67 established the Ohio Veterinary Student Debt Assistance Program. It is the first legislation of its kind in the country, rechanneling unused veterinary license fee revenue back towards veterinarians to help address the growing veterinary student debt burden. The application portal is now open here (be sure to scroll down to the charitable loans section on the page).


  1. OAA’s Statewide Resource Directory of Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Trap/Neuter/Return Providers
  2. The Feline Fix by Five campaign: The goal is simple. Spread the word – cats can and should be spayed/neutered by five months of age, or even earlier (cats can become pregnant at four months of age). Early spay/neuter is essential to avoiding unwanted litters.
  3. Community Cats:  Ohio’s Municipal Guide for Busy Leaders: Produced by OAA and Together Initiative, this guide is an excellent resource for advocates to use when working with local policymakers to pass ordinances on community cat management, feeding, and trap/neuter/return.
  4. Identifying Ohio’s Community Cat Resources – A State of the State Report 2023: Produced by OAA and Together Initiative, this report created Ohio’s first comprehensive listing of community cat resources, including both spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR) services, by county (report).  The report also identified Ohio’s TNR deserts which will provide the opportunity for OAA and Together Initiative to identify partners and resources to help fill these geographic gaps in service for Ohio’s community cats.
  5. Ohio Community Cat Summits:
  • Partnering with Together Initiative, OAA hosted a statewide virtual Community Cat Summit on 11/5/22, to examine current community cat resources in Ohio and beyond, with an interactive session to brainstorm on how to alleviate resource deserts and scarcities, and you can view it here.
  • Partnering with Together Initiative, OAA hosted a statewide virtual Community Cat Summit on 10/9/21, with keynote speaker Sterling Davis, theTrapKing, who gave up his music career to start a cat shelter.   You can view the Community Cat Summit here.

Given the known benefits of sterilization and the lack of evidence for harm related to age at which the procedure is performed, the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization calls for veterinary practitioners and professional associations to recommend sterilization of cats by five months of age.

2016 statement by the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization

The Ohio Veterinarian Medical Association endorses the Feline Fix by Five campaign.

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