Spay’sTheWay is the Lexington Humane Society’s low-cost spay/neuter program committed to reducing the number of homeless animals in and around Fayette County, Kentucky. Thousands of Lexington pet owners qualify for our services every year.

Please Read: Spay’sTheWay & COVID-19

Spay’sTheWay is taking the health and safety of our clients and staff very seriously. Here are some things you need to know:

  • Appointments: We are practicing social distancing and limiting lobby traffic to 1 PERSON PER ANIMAL during check-in/out (exceptions will be made if assistance is required). Staff will limit overall lobby capacity as needed. Please be mindful of your proximity to others and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet at all times while you are here.
  • Appointment Cancellations/Reschedules: We understand that some of our clients may need to quarantine or isolate for the foreseeable future. There will be no penalties for cancellations or reschedules during this time. We just ask that you let us know prior to your appointment day. As always, you may have a friend or family member drop off/pick up your pet the day of your appointment if needed.
  • Clinic Cancellations: Upcoming clinics may require cancellation. We will notify every client by phone if a clinic is cancelled and reschedule you at the earliest possible appointment time. Be sure to check your voicemail for any updates or reminder calls from us. 
  • Scheduling: We are currently suspending the scheduling of new appointments until at least April 14. You are welcome to leave a message on our appointment line to complete a financial assistance application and be added to our wait list. Please note: We anticipate our program demand will increase for those who cannot afford spay/neuter services at a private vet clinic. We encourage anyone who has the financial means to please schedule your pet with your own vet.

If you have any questions, need to cancel/reschedule an appointment, or want to be added to our wait list, please leave us a voicemail at (859) 233-0044 Ext. 228. Messages are returned in the order they are received, and it make take up to a week to return your call. We appreciate your patience. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and healthy!

Spay & Neuter Services

We are largely an income-based program for Fayette County pets. As our wait-list and surgery space allow, we open the program up to the general public.
All prices include a 6% sales tax. Prices additionally include rabies vaccination, booster vaccination (FVRCP for felines, DA2PP for canines), and a Fayette County pet license.


  • Male $45
  • Female $50

Please note: due to demand, most of our medium to large-size dog appointments are reserved for our Love-A-Bull surgeries for pit bull breeds and for those qualifying based on income.

  • Male $65-85*
  • Female $70-90*

*Based on size

Financial Assistance

If you cannot afford your pet’s surgery price listed above, you may qualify based on your household income or receipt of government assistance for a reduced-fee surgery. Contact Spay’sTheWay to complete a Financial Assistance Application.

  • Proof of income may be required
  • Proof of address may be required

Lexington Promotions

The following limited-time promotions are for pet owners and caregivers residing in Fayette County (proof of address is required):

  • FREE pit bull breed spay/neuter through Love-A-Bull
    •  Includes pit bull mixed breeds
  • FREE “mom and dad” spay/neuter through Last Litter
    • When a litter is signed over to Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the litter’s parents are eligible for free spay/neuter surgeries
      • Parent animals must be owned by the same person signing over the litter
      • We ask that puppies and kittens be raised at home until 8 weeks of age before being signed over to Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control

Feral Cats

If you have a feral or community cat on your property in need of surgery, contact Spay’sTheWay for assistance. Community cats are altered through a process called trap-neuter-return, or TNR, which compassionately reduces the homeless cat population and saves lives. Cats are humanely trapped; brought into a clinic for spay/neuter, vaccinations, and surgical ear-tip; and returned to the trapping location after recovering from anesthesia.

Appointment Basics

  • General
    • Pet owners must be over 18 years of age to request surgery
    • All surgeries are by appointment only
    • All appointments involve a morning drop off and late afternoon pick up the same day
    • A friend or family member may assist with transporting a pet
    • All post-op care instructions will be reviewed when your pet is picked up day of surgery
      • Spay’sTheWay is available to assist with post-op questions and care during regular business hours, Monday-Friday; after-hours or weekend care will be at the pet owner’s expense
  • Dogs & Cats
    • Puppy and kitten surgeries begin at 3 months of age
      • There are significant health benefits to having your puppy or kitten spayed/neutered before sexual maturity or before 6 months of age, please don’t delay!
    • Large dogs may take up to 6 weeks to schedule due to space and our wait-list
    • We recommend your pet has had at least 1 round of core vaccinations prior to your surgery appointment, being taken into public areas, or coming into contact with other animals
    • We offer an optional HomeAgain brand microchip for $15 on the day of surgery
      • A microchip is permanent ID for your pet and the price includes national registration
    • Cats must be brought in a secure carrier; dogs must be brought on a collar and leash or in a small crate (for small dogs only)

Contact Us

Please note: We are only accepting applications for Fayette County residents at this time. Due to high program interest, it may take up to a week for you to receive a return call. All program inquiries will be responded to Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Call Spay’sTheWay at (859) 233-0044 Ext. 228 and leave a message with the best daytime phone number.