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Alley Cat Allies (For Feral Cats)
Alley Cat Allies, is a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats. For more than a decade Alley Cat Allies has advocated trap-neuter-return (TNR) - the most humane and effective method to reduce feral cat populations.

Alley Cat Allies is located in the vibrant and eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC. See our Contact Info page for our address and phone/fax information.

Founded in 1990, Alley Cat Allies is part of an international effort working to promote, foster, and develop humane nonlethal control programs for feral and stray cats through sterilization programs that effectively reduce their numbers over a period of time. Alley Cat Allies respects the sanctity of life and the rights of individual animals and embraces proactive preventative control methods, i.e. trap-neuter-return.


Metro Ferals, Inc.
Metro Ferals, an all-volunteer organization established in 1997, was established to reduce the suffering of feral cats and kittens by promoting a non-lethal alternative to the feral cat population, specifically “TNR”, Trap-Neuter-Return, in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Young kittens are socialized and adopted through their adoption program.  Feral cats are returned to their “home”, where they are managed by their caretaker.  They run a low cost spay/neuter clinic for feral cats and provide assistance to people wishing to trap, neuter, and return the cats they feed and maintain.


Fairfax County Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Program

From low-cost rabies vaccination clinics, to the PetHaven program, to pointing folks in the right direction to find low-cost spay/neuter, to providing tips on emergency pet preparedness, Fairfax County Animal Shelter serves the community by providing assistance to help pet owners keep their pets. 

Spay Inc. is a thirty-sixth year old organization endeavoring to reduce the number of uncared-for animals. They offer a low cost spay/neuter solution for Virginia and the Washington, DC area. In the last twelve months, they have helped over four thousand callers wishing to spay or neuter their pets.


Humane Rescue Alliance

Free spay and neuter services for anyone living in the Washington area (defined as living within the Capital beltway) may have their pet(s) spayed or neutered at the League's Medical Center, regardless of income. In addition, the procedure will include a routine medical examination.


Animal League of Alexandria

Offers reduced cost spay/neuter certificates.

  • Visit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria during regular business hours to purchase your spay/neuter certificate.
  • After you have purchased your certificate, you schedule your appointment with the selected veterinarian. Present the certificate when you take your animal for surgery.
  • Depending on the size and sex of the animal, and the veterinarian you choose, fees are generally $50 - $150. The certificate covers only the spay or neuter surgery. Vaccinations and other medical treatment you authorize will be done at additional cost.
  • Reduced-cost spay/neuter is available to everyone. There are no income restrictions.


Fairfax County Animal Shelter Trap/Neuter/Return Program

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has altered its 1000th feral cat marking the success of its trap, neuter and return (TNR) program, which includes humanely trapping, spaying, neutering and vaccinating feral cats and then returning them to their outdoor homes. The goals of the program are to decrease the number of unwanted kittens born each year to outdoor cats; to decrease the intake of cats and kittens at the shelter; and to decrease the euthanasia of cats in Fairfax County.

As part of the TNR program, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter provides free spay/neuter and vaccinations for feral cats who reside in Fairfax County. The program is funded by private donations from the sale of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Animal Friendly License Plates. For each plate purchased by a Fairfax County resident, $15 is donated back to the shelter, which is using the money, in part, for TNR.

Anyone may participate in our TNR program to assist cats who reside within Fairfax County. Our TNR clinic cannot accept cats from outside of Fairfax County, or cats or kittens who are going to be adopted into homes by individuals or rescues. Currently we require either attendance at a free TNR workshop if you are unfamiliar with how to safely and humanely trap cats. BUT, if you have experience already, just let us know and you can skip that! We provide trap loan (for the purpose of TNR only), and have weekly spay/neuter clinics. The trap loan and clinic services are FREE! Reservations for the clinics are required in advance; please DO NOT trap cats without a clinic appointment. For trap loan and clinic reservations, or for more info, please email us


Potomac Spay Neuter Clinic - Specify Manassas

The Potomac Spay/Neuter Clinic is operated by the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic and serves Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. The Clinic, a non-profit organization, is open to everyone regardless of income or place of residence.

Important:  the Potomac Spay/Neuter Clinic and the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic will become Anicira Veterinary Center effective December 15, 2014.  

This new name is a combination of the word animal and the Latin word for surgery.  It stems from our strong commitment to animals and our focus on surgery.

The name reflects our expansion of affordable services beyond spay/neuter procedures. Each year, we provide care to thousands of patients.  Our goal is to take an active, more supportive role in helping them live healthier lives by providing affordable outpatient surgical services.
While we have a new name, our commitment to providing high quality and compassionate care remains the same.  With the expansion of services, we will improve access to patient-centered veterinary care and promote the well-being of all cats and dogs.

We value our partnership and look forward to continuing to work with you as Anicira Veterinary Center.


Spay Spa & Neuter Nook - located in Davidson, MD

To help people who help animals by providing high quality, low-cost spay/neuter services and relevant advice to help people better afford to help animals. The goal is to work towards a day when we no longer need to euthanize companion animals because of pet over population.

Spay Now - located in Laurel, MD

Spay Now is committed to doing its part to combat animal overpopulation by providing low cost, high quality, spay and neuter services. We adhere to the highest standards and use state-of-the-art veterinary anesthesia and monitoring equipment to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet during his or her stay with us.

We offer affordable vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm testing, and Feline Leukemia/FIV testing. In addition, we perform a wide range of other surgical procedures, including entropion surgery, enucleation, mass removal, and dental services.


Spay USA

SPAY/USA, a program of North Shore Animal League America, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.

Their mission is to end the suffering of innocent dogs and cats by reducing the number of unwanted births. Anyone who needs assistance finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the SPAY/USA referral service.

SPAY/USA has over 1,000 sterilization programs and clinics nationwide with 7,000  veterinarians in the network as of 2003. Their goal is to make spay/neuter services affordable to those who might not otherwise spay/neuter their pets. By working together, they hope to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services throughout the country and end pet overpopulation.


Richmond Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic

Richmond Animal League offers low cost spay and neuter services for owned pets, rescue organizations, and municipal shelters with no geographical restrictions. RAL also provides some reduced vaccinations and tests, if done at the time of the surgery. Their staff of veterinary professionals can also microchip pets to make identification easier should your pet get lost and end up in a shelter.

Pets Ltd. - Woodbridge

Pets Ltd. provides low-cost (and in hardship cases free) spay/neuter surgeries for qualified rescue groups and individuals they sponsor. This service is provided Saturdays and/or Sundays. To date Pets Ltd. has provided over 1,100 surgeries, diminishing the unwanted pet population by many thousands.


Love That Cat

Website that lists Low Cost or Free Spay - Neuter Programs in the United States by state.


Feral Cat Information

Below are links to resources on living with Community cats. Living with Community cats in your neighborhood. Spay/neuter information is contained in above paragraphs:

Building a winter feral cat shelter:

How to care for kittens: