Spay & Neuter

The Importance of Spay & Neuter

When you spay or neuter your pet, you’re helping to control the pet homelessness crisis. There are also many benefits – both behavioral & medical – to spaying and neutering your animals.

Female pets who are spayed live longer, healthier lives and won’t go into heat. Without being spayed, a female cat can have up to five litters in a year!

Neutering male pets prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Male pets who are neutered are generally better behaved and less likely to roam away from home.

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Programs

We have several options to help community members safely and affordably get their pets spayed or neutered.


EARS provides transportation to/from Springfield each month to Animal Protective League’s spay/neuter clinic. Owners meet the EARS representatives at a designated location in Effingham from 5am – 5:45am, and then in Shelbyville at 6:30am.  Return that same day will have pickup in Shelbyville at 5:30pm and Effingham at 6:15pm.

Feral Cat Program

$35 for spay/neuter, ear tip, rabies, and FVRCP vaccines

Domestic Cats

$99 for (male) neuter, rabies, and FVRCP vaccines

$99 for (female) spay, rabies, and FVRCP vaccines


FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO SIGN UP:  Call Alice at (217) 343-4244.




The veterinary offices in Effingham, IL are so kind to animal rescues. We are thrilled that we’re able to work with them to offer you an affordable spay/neuter program for your cat or dog.

With an approved application and the $50 co-pay to EARS, you’re able to schedule the spay/neuter with either Effingham Veterinary Clinic or Eastside (formerly Walton & Haarmann) Veterinary Clinic . Your co-pay will cover partial payment of the surgery and EARS will take care of the rest.

This program applies to the spay/neuter surgery only. Veterinarians will require that your pet is up to date on vaccines, and that will be at cost to you in addition to any other services or medications your pet might need outside of the spay/neuter surgery. Any vaccines that are needed can be done at the time of surgery though.

Along with the spay/neuter request form, we do require that a record of prior/current vaccinations be provided.

Co-pay must be received prior to making the appointment.  Owner is responsible for the transportation to/from the veterinary clinic.

Apply for Spay/Neuter