Mobile Spay/Neuter Services
Mobile Spay/Neuter Services
For the safety of our staff and the community, the Mobile Spay/Neuter Service remains suspended. We know how valuable the program is for the community and are eagerly planning to resume the service.
We are closely following recommendations from the province and Ottawa Public Health to plan for a safe reopening of the Mobile Spay/Neuter Service.
Living with an unsterilized cat can present some challenges. It may take several months for normal spay/neuter services, including the Ottawa Humane Society’s program, to resume in our community, so you must be prepared for the possibility of living with your cat for several weeks before they can by spayed/neutered.
To assist in dealing with potential behaviours your pet may displaying because of not being spayed/neutered, info sheets have been created to help you care for your cat.
Check out our FAQ below to learn more about this program.
Q. What is the OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
A. The OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is a mobile veterinary spay/neuter clinic that provides subsidized feline spay/neuter surgeries for low-income pet owners in targeted Ottawa neighbourhoods.
Q. Why has the OHS decided to launch the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
A. Our main goal is to address the problem of cat overpopulation in Ottawa. A second goal is to help preserve the human-animal bond by providing a service to help pets stay with their owners, rather than be surrendered to the OHS.
Q. Where will the OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic be operating?
A. Our mobile clinic operates in low-income neighbourhoods where need for services is greatest, with residents who are at greatest risk of not being able to afford the service otherwise. We will initially visit the following ten neighbourhoods in Ottawa:
- Billings Bridge
- Downtown West
- Hawthorne Meadows
- Hunt Club Park
We will expand our reach once we have had an impact in these areas.
Q. Do I have to live in one of the ten neighbourhoods to be eligible for this program?
A. No, you can meet our mobile clinic at any location that is convenient for you, as long as you are a resident of the City of Ottawa.
Q. Who qualifies for services from the OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
A. To receive services from our clinic, clients must live in Ottawa and meet one or more of the following requirements:
- Enrolment in ODSP or Ontario Works
- Enrolment in the Resettlement Assistance Program
- Guaranteed Income Supplement (for seniors)
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
- Annual income below $30,000 (approximately 15.00 per hour)
- Letter or referral from a social worker, social service agency, or qualified City of Ottawa employee
Q. What animals qualify for services from the OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
A. Our clinic provides services for healthy cats between four months and eight years of age. A maximum of two cats per client will be accepted each clinic day. We currently do not provide services for dogs.
Q. What are the costs for services?
A. We provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for $20 per cat. We also provide optional microchipping for $20 per cat, as well as complimentary nail trimming and ear cleaning.
Q. How does this service work?
A. Clients arrive with their animals at 8 a.m. at the scheduled clinic location for registration and arrive to pick up their animals at 3 p.m. that same day!
Q. How do I sign up?
A. Services from the OHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic are by appointment only. To request a spay/neuter appointment for a cat, submit a request below by clicking “Request a mobile spay/neuter clinic appointment.”
A. Vehicle and start-up costs have been largely funded by PetSmart Charities of Canada. Our other significant contributors include The Crabtree Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary and the Canfel Foundation. However, ongoing operational costs rely on donations from our community.
For more information, please contact our community programs department at 613-725-3166 ext. 249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.