Spay’sTheWay is the Lexington Humane Society’s low-cost spay/neuter program committed to reducing the number of homeless animals in Lexington and Central Kentucky. To date, we’ve provided nearly 40,000 surgeries and decreased the local homeless dog and cat population by 50%!

Having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the best things you can do to keep your pet happy and healthy! Learn more about the surgery and about the multiple benefits of spay/neuter, then book your appointment today.

Spay & Neuter Services

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. 

Cat, Male $45
Cat, Female $50
Dog, Male $65-85*
Dog, 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 or fill out the application below. 

  • 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 free-roaming community cat on your property that may be in need of surgery, contact our Community Cat Specialist at (859) 233-0044 x 261 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. Through TNR, cats are humanely trapped; brought into a clinic for spay/neuter, vaccinations, parasite control, and surgical ear-tip; and returned to the trapping location after waking up from anesthesia.

  • If you live in Fayette County, the surgery is FREE for a limited time
  • We offer assistance with trapping and transporting

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 animals will receive a small, permanent mark made with tattoo ink to indicate sterilization
    • 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 select only 1 contact option (phone, online, or email) below to prevent duplicate applications: 

PLEASE NOTE: due to increased demand for our program, we are booked 6-7 weeks out and are only making appointments for Fayette County pets at this time.  If you live in another county, please check back with us in January for availability.

  • Option 1: Call Spay’sTheWay at (859) 233-0044 Ext. 228
    • Leave a message with a daytime phone number, and your call will be returned Monday-Friday to schedule an appointment. Please note: due to high call volume, it may take up to a week for you to receive a return call
  • Option 2: Submit an online Spay’sTheWay application here 
    • Your online submission will be replied to Monday-Friday to schedule an appointment; please allow 3-5 business days to receive a reply
  • Option 3: Email [email protected] with any questions or to begin the scheduling process ​​
    • Include the following information in your email message:
      • Pet owner name, address, phone
      • Pet name, breed/type, sex, age, color
    • Your email will be replied to Monday-Friday; please allow 3-5 business days to receive a reply