Humane Ohio spays or neuters animals by appointment only.
Call (419) 266-5607 and select option #2 to make an appointment. If you are unable to reach a Humane Ohio staff member, please leave a message. We receive a very high volume of calls and return them in the order received. Due to the number of calls we receive, it sometimes takes several days for us to respond, but we will call you back as soon as possible.
We serve all area pet owners and people caring for free-roaming cats. See our pricing sheet. Please call even if you think you can't afford it. As a non-profit organization, we sometimes have private donations and grant money and can offer further financial assistance.
Spay/neuter surgeries are performed Monday through Friday. Dogs and cats need to be dropped off at 7:30 am on the day of their appointment. Walk-in appointments for free-roaming (feral/stray) cats are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if space is available in our spay/neuter schedule that day. Walk-ins should be dropped off at 8:30 am.
Flyer: Free-roaming Cat Guidelines
Dogs go home the same day as their spay/neuter appointment and should be picked up at 3:00 pm.*
(* If you are picking up a dog and an owned cat, you can wait and come at 5:00 pm for both pets.)
Owned cats go home the same day as their spay/neuter appointment and should be picked up at 5:00 pm.
Free-roaming cats stay overnight and need to be picked-up at 9:00 am the morning after their spay or neuter surgery. A free-roaming cat is a stray, feral/wild or barn cat and received a left ear tip (a nationwide practice used to show that the cat has been fixed).
Humane Ohio will spay/neuter kittens when they're eight weeks old and at least 2 lbs, and puppies when they're eight weeks old and 2-4 lbs. (depending on the breed). It's a myth that you can't spay/neuter kittens and puppies when they're so young - they actually bounce back from spay/neuter surgery very quickly. Pediatric Spay/Neuter is safe and can be less stressful on the animal than waiting until they're older.
Senior animals can be safely anesthetized by taking a few precautions. First, we request that dogs over seven years of age and cats over 10 years of age have bloodwork drawn at their regular veterinarian prior to their spay/neuter appointment. The recommended pre-surgical bloodwork is a complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry panel (Chem panel). This bloodwork checks organ function, particularly that of the liver and kidneys. Because the liver and kidneys process and eliminate medications such as anesthesia from the body, if these organs are not functioning properly, there could be complications during anesthesia. Humane Ohio apologizes that we cannot offer bloodwork services; we are not a full-service veterinary clinic and focus solely on spay/neuter because our mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation.
Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
If you are with an animal shelter or rescue group and are interested in scheduling a transport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How it works
All animals receive modern anesthetics that follow published standards of care in veterinary medicine.
The Spay & Neuter Process
Is your unfamiliarity with the spaying and neutering procedure preventing you from scheduling an appointment for your pet? Sometimes it may be awkward to ask your vet for detailed information about the procedure.
Most vets are more than happy to talk to you about your concerns, and they are the best people to ask. Read "About the Procedure" below to get answers to some of your questions before you call and make your appointment.
About the Procedure
- Spaying is the term used in reference to having a female animal "fixed." Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.
- Neutering is the term used in reference to having a male animal "fixed." Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles.
- Both surgeries have been performed for many years, and they are the most common surgical procedures performed by veterinarians.
- Your female pet should be spayed before her first heat cycle, which commonly occurs at around six months of age. The heat cycle may occur sooner, however, and some vets are spaying and neutering pets as young as nine weeks.
- If your pet is OVER four months old, do NOT allow him to eat any food after midnight the night before his spay/neuter surgery. You can give him water.
If your pet is LESS than four months old, he can have food up until 6 am on the day of his spay/neuter surgery. Please note the exact time he ate the food so you can give our clinic staff this information when you check in. You can also give him water.
- General anesthesia is used on your pet during the procedure.
- We welcome a call from you to check in on your pet.