Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinics

Hope Animal Resource Center sponsors low-cost, mobile spay/neuter and vaccine clinics for dogs and cats owned by low-to-moderate income Philadelphia-area residents. With the support of our community partners (Caring People Alliance, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, and the veterinary technicians and advanced veterinary technology students of the Veterinary Technology program of Harcum College), Hope brings spay/neuter and vaccine services into Philadelphia neighborhoods. Our goal is to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in city shelters by making spay/neuter services accessible and affordable for low-to-moderate income pet owners.

Hope's spay/neuter program is made possible by a generous grant from the ASPCA.

We are happy to announce our upcoming clinics:

Saturday, December 13, 2008 - SOLD OUT - at the Fels Community Center at 2407 South Broad Street in South Philadelphia

Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the Coral Street Arts House at 2446 Coral Street in East Kensington

Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the Fels Community Center at 2407 South Broad Street in South Philadelphia

Advanced registration and a confirmed appointment are required for all clinics.

To get more information, or to register your cat or dog for one of our clinics, send an e-mail to or call the spay/neuter hotline at 215-418-2687.

(For information about FERAL cat TNR clinics, please visit or send an e-mail to )


Who is eligible for your clinics?

Clinic services are available only to residents of Philadelphia. Eligibility is determined based on annual household income. Pet owners who can provide proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, disability, food stamps or public housing can receive further discounts on services.

What animals can be brought to the spay/neuter clinic?

We can perform spay/neuter surgery on healthy cats and dogs that are at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds. Due to size limitations in the mobile clinic, dogs cannot weigh more than 30 pounds.

How does the clinic work?

*Surgery through our clinics is same-day, meaning you drop off your pet in the morning and pick him/her up in the afternoon.

*Drop-off is between 9am and 10:30am; your particular appointment time will be assigned when we make an appointment for you.

*Pick-up times vary (they are based on how long it takes each animal to wake up in recovery), but are typically between 12 noon and 3pm. You will be called when your pet is ready to go home. You must be available to pick up your animal within 30 minutes of being called. For each half hour you are late beyond the half-hour allotted for travel to the clinic, you will be charged a fee of $10.00. By charging this fee, we insure that all recovering animals are picked up in a timely manner, allow our volunteers to go home on time, and keep our community center rental fees low. All late fees support service subsidies.

What other services do you offer?

In addition to spay/neuter surgeries we offer: rabies and distemper vaccines, heartworm tests (for dogs), feline leukemia/FIV tests (for cats), nail clipping, ear tipping, and microchipping. We do not offer declawing services.

What animals can be brought to receive services other than spay/neuter surgery?

Cats and dogs are accepted and must already be spayed/neutered in order to take advantage of our low-cost vaccines/microchips/testing services.

Do you accept feral cats?

Our clinics are specifically designed to serve owned pets and are unable to accept feral cats. For more information about feral-specific clinics in Philadelphia visit or send an e-mail to .

What do I need to bring on the day of the clinic?

*Cash for payment for services.

*If you have arranged with a clinic coordinator to receive our most discounted prices, bring proof of public assistance and a photo ID. If you are bringing a pet for someone on public assistance who is unable to come to the clinic, you must have that person's photo ID and proof of public assistance.

*All cats must be brought in carriers, with one cat per carrier. Each carrier must have a towel in the bottom for the cat to lie on. Dogs must be leashed; please bring a crate for your dog if you have one.



NEUTER (for male cats): $60.00
SPAY (for female cats): $75.00

DOG SPAY/NEUTER (dogs must weigh under 30 pounds)

NEUTER (for male dogs): $80.00
SPAY (for female dogs): $90.00


Rabies vaccine: $5.00 each with surgery; $10.00 each without surgery.
Canine or feline distemper vaccine: $5.00 each with surgery; $10.00 each without surgery


FeLV/FIV combo tests (for cats): $20.00 each
Microchips: $20.00 each
Nail clipping: $5.00
Heartworm tests (for dogs): $20.00 each
Ear tipping: $2.00

Advanced registration and a confirmed appointment are required for all clinics.