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The Medical Center accepts canine & feline patients—by appointment only—belonging to income-qualified residents of the District of Columbia; Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties in Virginia; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia; and Jefferson County, West Virginia. If you’re a resident of one of these municipalities and make $55,000 or less annually, you may qualify for discounted veterinary services at the Washington Animal Rescue League.
We recommend that dogs and cats over 6 months old be spayed or neutered, and reserve the right to deny long-term veterinary care to intact adult dogs and cats. The Medical Center offers reduced-cost spay and neuter services. To see if you qualify, call the Medical Center at 202-726-2273. Please leave a voice message if a receptionist is not available, and we will return your call.
We are pleased to offer discounted spay and neuter services to everyone regardless of income or residency. Prices are as follows:
Dog Spays $171
Dog Neuters $135
Cat Spays $149
Cat Neuters $72 (We offer male cat neutering on a walk-in basis Wednesdays and Fridays. Please see details below.)
Spay and neuter services are available by appointment only and a $20 deposit is required to schedule. You must bring proof of rabies vaccination or purchase one at the time of the procedure. Your pet should not eat after 10 pm the night before surgery.
Please call for details. To schedule by phone please call 202-726-2273 and leave a message if our lines are busy or we’re not available.
Male Cat Neutering
Male cats can be neutered at the League’s Medical Center on Wednesdays and Fridays each week on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary and the cost is $72.
Vaccinations and parasite treatments are available at our reduced-cost rates for those cats being neutered. Bring your cat for neutering to the Medical Center between 8 and 9 a.m. Pick up between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Do not feed your cat after 10 p.m. the night before—cats need an empty stomach for surgery!
You must bring proof of your cat’s current rabies vaccination or purchase a rabies vaccine with us on the day of surgery. Payment is due when you drop your cat off.
For more information call 202-726-2273.
Feral Cat Spay & Neuter
Anyone in the DC metro area regardless of income or residency is eligible to have feral cats spayed and neutered at our clinic. Fees and guidelines are as follows:
$75 for a female cat spay
$30 for a male cat neuter, and
$15 for a vaccine/deworming package.
All cats must be trapped in a humane trap with newspaper. Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time and the trapper should be prepared to house the cat overnight in a warm enclosed area. Please pull all food before dropping off in the hospital between 8-9 a.m. We will ear tip cats that are being returned to their colony. We will ear tip cats that are being returned to their colony. You must make an appointment – please call 202-726-2273 to schedule.
Why Spay and Neuter?
Each year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters. Millions more are abandoned in both rural and urban areas, left to starve and suffer. Most of these animals will die before they have the chance to find loving homes, but before they do, they will reproduce, further contributing to the already rampant animal overpopulation epidemic.
In response to this crisis, The Washington Animal Rescue League provides reduced-cost spay and neuter services. By spaying and neutering these animals, the League is working to reduce the number needing homes and thereby reduce the number of animals who suffer and die.
Are there really millions of animals euthanized each year? That seems like a lot.
Experts estimate that the number of animals euthanized in the United States each year could be in excess of 12 million.