Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between spay and neuter?

Spay = Female cat or female dog sterilization surgery
Neuter = Male cat or male dog sterilization surgery

2. How much does a spay/neuter surgery cost?

We only charge $60 for cat surgeries and $95 for dog surgeries (under 100 lbs.), a fraction of the costs of these high-quality medical procedures. These affordable prices are made possible by our generous donors and friends. These prices are available to everyone, regardless of financial position. Our full spay/neuter fees outline any additional charges.

3. Is my pet old enough to be spayed or neutered?

Pets may be spayed or neutered as early as 8 weeks old if they weigh at least 2 lbs. and have received the recommended vaccinations. It’s important to get your pet fixed as soon as possible to ensure she/he lives a long and healthy life. Learn more about the benefits of spay/neuter.

4. Do you only serve Bloomington pets?

No! Pets Alive serves multiple counties in south-central Indiana; in 2020 we treated pets in 38 Indiana counties. Our shelter and rescue partners bring patients to our clinic for vaccinations and spay/neuter. Our services are open to ALL!

5. Who is eligible to use your services?

Anyone can use our services – no questions asked! We offer low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services to ensure all pets have access to preventative care, regardless of their human’s financial position. Pet parents can schedule a spay/neuter surgery with us directly on our website, or by calling our office during business hours.

6. How many surgeries do you perform a day?

Currently, Pets Alive performs an average of 80 surgeries each day. We’re able to accomplish high-volume surgeries due to our highly-trained, incredibly talented, and dedicated staff. Pets Alive has “fixed” over 222,000 individuals to date.

7. Who are community & feral cats?

Community and feral cats have either never had any contact with humans or their contact with humans diminished over time. They are fearful of and cautious about people and survive on their own outdoors. Pets Alive works with local organizations including Feral Cat Friends to help reduce the feral cat population through Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR).

Members of the public can bring in community and feral cats, in a live trap, Monday-Wednesday between 9am and 11am for surgery. They’ll go home the following day. Please no more than five (5) cats at any one time.

Learn more about how to help these cats by watching our short, informative video!

8. Do volunteers perform surgeries?

No, volunteers never perform surgeries. Pets Alive employs three of the most highly trained veterinary surgeons in the country who specialize in high-volume spay/neuter. Our veterinary assistants and technicians are also highly trained and skilled, helping to prepare animals for surgery and monitor their vitals throughout the process.

9. Does my pet need vaccinations before surgery?

We do recommend your pet be fully vaccinated before coming in for surgery. We are a high-volume clinic, and while we keep everything as clean and sterile as possible, we cannot control for airborne viruses. Therefore, we recommend every animal be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to surgery. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from contagious diseases for which the animal was not properly vaccinated. We offer low-cost vaccinations at our Wellness Clinic. Visit the Surgery page for more information about surgery prep.

10. Do you provide financial assistance?

As of the summer of 2022, requests for financial assistance need to be made directly through Pet Friendly Services of Indiana.