Animal Services provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for animals of Marion County residents through its Neuter Commuter program. Appointments cost $99 and can be scheduled for the mobile bus or at our shelter. The fees include the animal's surgical sterilization, rabies vaccination, county license and microchip. Each household can have up to three animals spayed/neutered through the program each rolling year.
Please call the Neuter Commuter appointment line (352-307-1351) or email us to book an appointment. The appointment line is available Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All schedules are subject to change. Please check our site and our Facebook page for any changes to our service or location. This service is only available to Marion County residents and we require proof of residency.
Appointments for the Neuter Commuter are limited. We receive more requests per year than are available appointments. Please understand that we are working diligently to answer all calls, but due to the very high volume of calls (about 40,000 a year), you will receive a busy signal while we are on the line booking appointments. Below you will find a list of other lower-cost spay and neuter options.
Important information below!
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, the rabies clinic on the bus has been cancelled through the end of the year. If your pet needs a rabies vaccine, please refer to our list of low cost vaccine clinics or veterinary hospitals that serve our area.
Please also consider these other options for low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for your pets:
Humane Society of Marion County
You've Got a Friend - Low-cost Veterinary Clinic
What to know prior to your appointment:
- Pets must be dropped off and picked up at the assigned time and location (locations include both the Animal Center and the Neuter Commuter bus).
- Animals must have no food or water after midnight the night before surgery.
- Animals must not have food or water the morning of surgery.
- All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
What happens the day of the appointment:
- Animal owners check in with their animals at the table, and staff will process their payments.
- When the paperwork is complete, the animal is brought aboard the bus for a brief physical examination to ensure that the animal is healthy enough to have surgery and is within the size limitations of the bus.
- After the last customer has given us his/her animal, we begin our procedures.
- Animals are anesthetized, shaven and prepped for surgery by veterinary technicians. Then, our staff veterinarian takes over and performs the spay/neuter surgeries.
- After the surgery is complete, staff remove animals from the surgery table and into the cages built into the bus for recovery until pick-up by the owners.
- At 3:30 p.m., animal owners arrive for retrieval of their animals.
- Before the animals are taken home, one of the staff members will talk about the day's surgery and will inform customers about the special post-surgery care their animals will need.
Your pet will need to be kept as inactive as possible during the healing period (7-10 days.) Do not pick up your pet near its surgical site. Do not take your pets on long walks or give it a bath during the healing period.