About Spay & Save
Spay & Save is a Portland metro area-wide program that aims to assist low income families and their cats by offering affordable spay & neuter surgeries for those who qualify. The program is organized and managed by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, (ASAP). The Spay & Save program aims to keep struggling families and their pets together and reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year— since 2010, cat intake from the public to our shelters has decreased by 50%.
All surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and assisted by skilled, caring support teams. The low cost service is made possible by charitable donations. See our MAP of spay neuter centers below and meet some of the caring doctors involved.
Be part of the solution and get your cat fixed!
By spaying and neutering the cats in our community, we can prevent unwanted litters and save thousands of lives. We can also reduce the numbers of cats and kittens coming into our shelters each year.
Did you know that kittens can have kittens?
Cats can start mating as early as six months of age; an unaltered male can father hundreds of kittens a year, and an unaltered female can produce up to three litters a year.
Altering your cat will greatly reduce the risk of unwanted behaviors, such as yowling, spraying or whining and will make your cat a much happier companion. It keeps outdoor cats closer to home, reducing roaming and cat fights that result from seeking a mate.
Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk for numerous health problems, including certain types of cancers.
Qualify for Spay & Save
The Spay & Save program has resumed spay/neuter surgeries at the Oregon Humane Society, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and Cat Adoption Team. At this time the program is serving cats only at all locations. Appointments are extremely limited due to staffing and capacity issues. The current wait for spay and neuter surgery at Oregon Humane Society is approximately 7 months. In an effort to catch up, we will be temporarily closing the waitlist to new clients. We plan to re-open the appointment request form in the winter of 2022. To schedule an appointment with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, please visit their website. To schedule an appointment with Cat Adoption Team, please visit their website.
Please note that most wait times for an appointment, at any of our open locations, is between 2-7 months. Please be patient as we make our way through the waitlists. You will receive a call from someone on our team to schedule your cat/cats once your name is up on the list. Thank you for your patience.
Spay & Save aims to help those who are not able to afford a spay or neuter surgery for their cat through a private veterinarian. Spay & Save serves the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area, including the following four counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas or Clark County.
Individuals receiving one or more of the following forms of government assistance qualify for the $20 cat spay or neuter:
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Public Housing
- Oregon Health Plan
- Meals on Wheels
- Subsidized School Lunch Program
For those who do not receive state/federal public assistance please see our low-income guideline below. Those who fit within these guidelines qualify for a $40 cat spay or neuter.
|Number in Family||Gross Annual Income||Monthly|
|1||Less than or equal to||$43,100||$3,591|
|2||Less than or equal to||$49,225||$4,102|
|3||Less than or equal to||$55,400||$4,616|
|4||Less than or equal to||$61,525||$5,127|
|5||Less than or equal to||$66,475||$5,539|
|6||Less than or equal to||$71,375||$5,947|
|7||Less than or equal to||$76,325||$6,360|
Caring for a Feral Cat?
Feral cat caregivers do not need to qualify under the Spay & Save guidelines.
There are no limits to the numbers of cats and kittens that can be brought in per household.
Spay & Save FAQ
Spaying or neutering your pet provides many benefits for you, your pet, and the community overall. For males, neutering can reduce spraying or marking behavior, as well as the urge to run away to seek out females in heat. For females, spaying will greatly decrease their chances of developing mammary tumors, and prevents the life-threatening disease of the uterus called pyometra. Most importantly, spaying and neutering is the most effective method we can use to prevent the birth of unplanned litters, reduce the numbers of unwanted animals entering our area shelters, and work toward an end to pet homelessness.
We have five surgery locations to choose from across the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Please call our hotline at 1-800-345-SPAY to find the one that is most convenient for you.
If you qualify under our program guidelines (link to guidelines) the cost is between $20 – $35.
Cats need to be a minimum of 2 months old and weigh at least 2 pounds. We recommend spaying/neutering your pet as early as you are able to prevent higher risks of cancers, unplanned litters, roaming, and heat cycles.
Yes. All Spay & Save pets are altered by or under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and their trained support staff.
Yes, no matter which one of our locations you choose your pet will get pain medication to help stay comfortable after surgery. Every location is a little different so be sure to ask for more details when you are getting scheduled
In general, cats recover quickly from surgery, but it is a good idea to keep them indoors and quiet for 7 – 10 days afterwards where they can stay clean, dry and warm. Food and water can be offered after returning home. Some cats may have a temporary loss of appetite, but should start eating within 24 hours of surgery. Click here to print out a copy of our post-surgery instructions.
Yes, your cat can be spayed while she is in heat. There is no extra charge for pets in heat.
Yes. Spay & Save provides vaccines and a limited number of additional services at the time of surgery. Services vary by location but most offer vaccines, microchips, nail trims, flea treatment, and deworming medication, etc.
No, we do not keep any of our patients overnight. With any appointment, at any of our locations, surgery drop-offs are early morning and pick-ups take place in the late afternoon.