With grateful appreciation to the ASPCA for their support.
APF Community Spay/Neuter Clinic
53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY
Located next to the APF Shelter
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Phone: (518) 374-3944, ext. 121 & 125
Fax: (518) 982-5246
Please note that due to high demand our phone lines may be busy. Please leave a message. We will return your call on the same day if it is received by 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. If not, it will be returned on the clinic’s next business day.
We are unable to accept walk-ins. Please call the clinic to schedule your pet’s appointment.
Why Spay and Neuter?
Pet overpopulation results in the death of millions of unwanted companion animals every year. Only by preventing the births can we begin to prevent these deaths.
The Community Spay/Neuter Clinic is the APF’s answer to our community’s pet overpopulation crisis. Our beautiful, new state-of the-art surgical center enables us to further our commitment to high-quality, low-cost surgery with the singular goal of reducing the number of homeless and unwanted animals in our communities. We provide compassionate care by licensed and skilled veterinary professionals using quality instruments and supplies.
Who is eligible to use the clinic?
This program is intended for those who cannot otherwise afford to have their pets altered. It also supports the work of shelters and rescue organizations and enables Good Samaritans caring for feral cats to manage them humanely and affordably. We are not a wellness clinic. Our focus is on spaying and neutering and the limited additional services we offer are only available in conjunction with surgery.
Services & Fees
We offer two fee structures: one for the general public and one for those receiving some type of public support. Please note that the number of surgeries we can provide at this lower cost is dependent upon available funding and donations, which will vary. Please call for information on availability of income-qualified appointments.
Due to high demand, we require a non-refundable booking fee of $30.00 for all dog appointments
Please note: As of April 1, 2016, The APF Community Spay & Neuter Clinic will be changing the prices available for some of the services provided. These changes are due to cost increases incurred by the clinic for supplies and staffing. The slight changes in rates will help the clinic continue to provide the best care possible to our community’s pets. The APF will continue to apply for grants and funding to help offset full costs of our care and services. We thank you for your ongoing support.
- Female cats – $110
- Male cats – $99
- Female dogs 5-50 lbs. – $165
- Female dogs 51-80 lbs. – $188
- Female dogs 81-90 lbs. – $220
- Male dogs 5-50 lbs. – $138
- Male dogs 51-80 lbs. – $164
- Male dogs 81-90 lbs. – $193
Prices subject to change
Income-Qualified Fees Are Available
If you receive public assistance click here to learn how to qualify for reduced rates.
Income qualified fees
- Female cats – $60
- Male cats – $50
- Female dogs 5-50 lbs. – $90
- Female dogs 51-80 lbs. – $113
- Female dogs 81-90 lbs. – $145
- Male dogs under 50 lbs. – $58
- Male dogs 51-80 lbs. – $84
- Male dogs 81-90 lbs. – $111
Prices subject to change
Services Provided with Surgery
All surgeries include basic examination by our veterinarian, flea treatment, nail trimming and ear cleaning as needed, and a tattoo for surgical identification. The following optional services are available by request and provided only at time of surgery.
NOTE: These services are available ONLY in conjunction with spay/neuter surgery.
- Basic exam if already spayed or neutered – $10 This refers to an exam prior to surgery during which we discover that a pet has already been altered. We do not offer wellness exams.
- Rabies vaccine (required by law if not up-to-date) – $10 standard fee / $5 for income qualified
- Distemper vaccine* – $10
- FeLV/FIV test – $25
- Heartworm test* – $15
- E-collar, cats – $8
- E-collar, medium & small dogs – $10
- E-collar, large dogs – $12
- Microchip – $15
- Cardboard carrier – $5
- Early Drop-Off (Night before surgery) – $40
*Heartworm testing is mandatory if your pet is over one year old and has not been tested within 6 months, or is not currently taking heartworm preventative. Distemper requires two vaccines to be administered (1st one 3 weeks prior to surgery) unless documentation of current vaccinations is provided.
Prices subject to change
Group & Rescue Pricing
Shelter Groups and Rescue Organizations
We welcome other animal welfare organizations to use our program. Participants must be 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations with an established spay/neuter policy, vaccination protocol, and a minimum of one year of experience in the animal welfare, rescue, or adoption field. Prior to making an appointment, a Partner Participation Application (provided below) must be submitted. Call 374-3944, ext. 121 & 125 for further information.
Feral or “Community” Cats
Community caregivers are eligible for a reduced fee of $75 for either male or female feral cats. Included in this fee is spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, flea treatment and mandatory ear tip. No income qualification is required, but the caregiver must commit to providing an ongoing source of food, water, and shelter for the cat, as well as follow our guidelines for intake and release.
Before Surgery Instructions
Important Information on Vaccinations and Heartworm Testing
New York State Law requires a rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring your rabies certificate with you. (Your rabies tag is NOT valid proof of vaccination.) If your pet is not vaccinated, we will administer a vaccination for an additional fee of $10. This applies to cats and dogs at least 3 months of age.
For your pet’s protection, our veterinarians require that your dog be vaccinated for distemper (DA2PP) at least two weeks prior to surgery. Your animal will be around many other animals and might be exposed to something (just like when you send your kids to school). It takes two weeks for a vaccination to become fully effective. We can vaccinate your pet two to three weeks prior to your appointment for $10.
Heartworm testing is required for any dog over the age of 1 year. Please bring proof of test within one year. Otherwise, we will test at time of surgery for $12.
Preparing your pet for his appointment
- Your pet must be in good health and have food withheld the night before surgery as instructed.
- Cat drop-off is at 8:00 am. Dog drop-off is at 8:15 am. Late arrivals will need to be rescheduled.
- Payment is due at time of drop-off. We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and debit cards. We do not accept checks.
- You will complete necessary paperwork upon arrival. It cannot be faxed or mailed ahead of time. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR UNTIL PAPERWORK IS COMPLETED.
- All pets must be safely restrained in individual carriers or on leashes.
- All feral cats must arrive in a covered humane (Havahart) trap.
Picking up your pet and caring for him after surgery
Pick up is at 4:00 pm on the same day as surgery. We close promptly at 4:30 pm. We do not board animals overnight. We cannot release patients before 4:00 pm.
You will receive detailed instructions on taking care of your pet after surgery when you pick him up. You will be told what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers. These instructions are also provided in the link below.
You will be informed of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination which may require follow-up at a full-service veterinary clinic.
Support the Clinic
Contributions to the Community Spay/Neuter Fund and donations of supplies are greatly appreciated and enable us to help more animals.
We use many, many supplies
caring for pets and operating the shelter. Every item donated from our Wish List allows us to save budgeted funds.
Donations also allow us to provide some nice “extras” for the animals.
shop for pets without ever leaving home
Find great pricing and convenient online ordering on supplies needed for both the shelter and our spay/neuter clinic at:
Spay/Neuter Clinic Wish List
- Distilled water
- Pump bottle
- Hand soap
- Hand sanitizer
- Humane traps for feral cats (Havahart)
- White towels
- New or gently used pillowcases and bags of white rice (to make recovery room warming sacks)
- Small scrub brushes
- Lint rollers
- Trash bags (33 gallon or tall kitchen)
- Gift Cards: Walmart , Staples, PetSmart, BJs
Please call us with any questions about donations.
Colleen Keating: 374-3944 at ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org