Kindest Cut spay/neuter services

Animal Humane Society's Kindest Cut program offers high-quality, low-cost services to pet owners with limited incomes, feral cat caretakers, and nonprofit rescue organizations.

Appointments are available at both Melrose Animal Clinic in Golden Valley and through a mobile surgical unit that visits more than 20 Minnesota communities. See upcoming clinic locations.

Schedule a spay or neuter surgeryReview eligibility requirements

Spay/neuter services and fees

Cats
Neuter (male) $50
Spay (female)* $60

Optional services available on the day of surgery

 
Rabies vaccine (includes certificate and tag) $14
Feline distemper combo vaccine (PLRC) $14
Microchip and registration $30
Feline leukemia test $20
FeLV/FIV/HW combo test $30

Additional charges that may apply

 
Hernia repair (only available to animals scheduled for spay/neuter surgery) $10
Undescended testicles (visible under the skin) $10
Undescended testicles (inside the abdominal cavity) $20
Obese or overtly pregnant animal (significantly overweight or in the third trimester of pregnancy) $10
Flea treatment (required for any patient found to have live fleas) $10-$12

 

* Flank spays are available for feral cats when possible. 

Dogs
Adult neuter (male) under 70 lbs. $70
Adult neuter (male) 70-99 lbs. $80
Adult neuter (male) over 100 lbs. $90
Spay (female) under 50 lbs. $70
Spay (female) 50-79 lbs. $80
Spay (female) 80-99 lbs.** $100
Spay (female) over 100 lbs.** $110

Optional services available on the day of surgery

 
Rabies vaccine (includes certificate and tag) $14
Canine distemper combo vaccine (DHPP) $14
Microchip and registration $30
Heartworm antigen test $17
4DX test $25
Brucellosis test (to external lab) $95
   

Additional charges that may apply

 
Hernia repair (only available to animals scheduled for spay/neuter surgery) $10
Undescended testicles (visible under the skin) $10
Undescended testicles (inside the abdominal cavity) $20
Obese or overtly pregrant animal (significantly overweight or in the third trimester of pregnancy) $10
Flea treatment (required for any patient found to have live fleas) $10-$12

 

** Female canine patients that weigh over 80 lbs. must be scheduled at Melrose Animal Clinic in Golden Valley. Please inform our program coordinator when you are scheduling these pets. 

Rabbits
Neuter (male) $55
Spay (female) $70

Optional services available on the day of surgery

 
Microchip and registration $30

Additional charges that may apply

 
Hernia repair (only available to animals scheduled for spay/neuter surgery) $10
Undescended testicles (visible under the skin) $10
Undescended testicles (inside the abdominal cavity) $20
Obese or overtly pregnant animal (significantly overweight or in the third trimester of pregnancy) $10
Flea treatment (required for any patient found to have live fleas) $10-$12

What to expect

Before your pet's appointment

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • A carrier or crate for your cat or rabbit with clean bedding inside. Dogs must be leashed.
  • Proof of qualification for our program.
  • Photo ID with your name and address that matches your proof of qualification.
  • The best phone numbers to reach you at should an emergency arise.
  • Cash or credit/debit card for payment.

Please note: If you do not bring adequate proof of qualification, we will not be able to perform surgery on your pet.

Children under 18 cannot qualify for or authorize surgical procedures on pet patients.

Other things to consider

  • Do not feed your pet the morning of surgery unless he or she is less than five months old. Pets five months and under should get a small amount of food – about a third of their normal morning meal – prior to check-in.
  • Your pet can have water up until the time of surgery.
  • Please walk dogs prior to check-in so they can eliminate prior to being kenneled.
When you arrive for your pet's appointment

When you arrive for your pet’s appointment, we will:

  • Ask for photo ID and proof of your qualification for our program.
  • Go over the anesthesia release form and client questionnaire, ask if your pet has any health concerns or allergies, and answer any other questions you may have.
  • Ask if you would like additional services for your pet, such as microchip identification or rabies and distemper vaccinations.
  • Weigh and examine your pet to identify any obvious health concerns that may require postponement or cancellation of surgery (dehydration, upper respiratory infection, heart disease, term pregnancy) and check for hernias, undescended testicles, signs of previous surgery, or pregnancy. If any such concerns arise, our veterinarians will perform a more comprehensive exam on your pet and will provide you with recommendations.
  • Provide an estimate based on the preliminary exam and request payment for surgical fees.
  • Place an ID necklace on your pet
  • Answer any additional questions you may have
  • Provide an estimated time to pick up your pet.
After your pet's surgery

We will provide detailed care instructions when you pick up your pet following surgery. Here are some general guidelines:

  • No strenuous activity for 10 to 14 days. Keep your pet quiet as quiet as possible during the first two weeks. Avoid running, jumping, playing, swimming. Strenuous activity increases your pet’s risk of developing swelling around the incision site that could result in premature dissolving of sutures, opening of the incision, and costly medical care that would be your responsibility.
  • Keep pets indoors where they can stay clean and dry. Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors.
  • Male pets can still impregnate an unsterilized female up to one month after surgery. Please keep a close eye on your pet.
  • Check the incision site two times a day and don’t allow your pet to lick or chew at it. Allowing your pet to lick or chew at the incision can cause infection, premature dissolving of sutures, opening of incisions and a whole host of problems. Redness and swelling around the incision should be minimal. If your pet is licking the incision, get an Elizabethan collar (cone) as soon from your veterinarian or local pet supply store to prevent costly medications or repairs to the surgical site.
  • Your pet’s appetite should gradually return within 24 hours of surgery. If your pet experiences sluggishness for more than 24 hours following the surgery, diarrhea, or vomiting, please contact us. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  • Do not change your pet’s diet or give scraps. Do not give junk food, milk or any other human food during the recovery period. These foods can mask post-surgical complications.
  • We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 10-14 days after surgery. Your regular vet can check the incision for complete healing, remove any skin sutures, and discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters.
  • Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. This tattoo is not an extra incision.

Additional important information

  • We will treat post-operation complications resulting directly from the surgery, provided the instructions above are followed in full. If your pet receives treatment at another clinic, we cannot be responsible for the resulting charges.
  • Animal Humane Society is not responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.
  • Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. See this list of veterinarians and clinics offering affordable services.
  • Our veterinarians recommend that you establish a wellness program for your pet with a regular, full-service veterinarian.
    If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call us at 763-489-7729.

Emergency contact information

Call 763-489-7729 before 5 p.m.
If no attempt is made to reach us, we cannot be responsible for the resulting charges to treat your pet at another facility.

Are you a shelter or rescue partner? Follow this link to request a spay/neuter appointment.