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.

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Spay’sTheWay takes the health and safety of our clients and staff very seriously. On your appointment day, lobby traffic is limited 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. 

Spay & Neuter Services

We are largely an income-based program for Fayette County cats and dogs. If you qualify, your pet’s spay or neuter surgery appointment includes a rabies vaccination, booster vaccination (FVRCP for felines, DA2PP for canines), and Fayette County pet license.

Proof of income and/or address may be required for assistance.

Lexington Promotions

The following special promotions are for pet owners residing in Fayette County (proof of address 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 our Community Cat Coordinator at (859) 233-0044 ext. 261 or [email protected]. 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

  • 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
  • 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.