Animal Services provides lower-cost spay/neuter surgeries for animals of Marion County residents through its Neuter Commuter program. The package fee is $75 ($20 for low-income families*) and can be scheduled for the Neuter Commuter or at our shelter. The fees include the animal's surgical sterilization, rabies vaccination, county license and microchip.
*Eligibility for the low-cost spay/neuter program requires pet owners to present current proof of the following: government assistance, total household income, most recent tax return statement, or legal/dated proof of qualifying below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
To schedule an appointment:
- Call 352-307-1351, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Complete an online appointment request here.
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 can be made up to one month in advance.
Please also consider these other options for low-cost spay/neuter surgeries:
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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.
- Pet owners are due back at 3:30 p.m.
- 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 to 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 healing without consulting a veterinarian. If your pet has any complications after surgery, please contact our main office at 352-671-8700 to speak with a staff member during business hours.