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Spay and neuter programs
Spaying or neutering is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your pet, your family and your community, and it is critical in helping to make Utah a no-kill state. These routine medical procedures not only help prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing, they also help decrease the number of pets entering shelters and free up homes for other pets by preventing unwanted litters. By getting your pet spayed or neutered, you are doing your part to help Save Them All.
Spaying or neutering can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Spaying females eliminates the risk of ovarian or uterine infections and cancer, and may reduce the incidence of mammary cancer. In males, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
Spaying or neutering also can have a positive effect on your pet’s behavior. Mounting, howling, spraying urine and the urge to roam are often reduced. In female pets, the inconvenient “heat” cycle, with its messy discharge, is eliminated. But, don’t worry. Your pet’s personality and playfulness will stay the same.
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Best Friends Spay/Neuter Clinics
Our experienced veterinarian and staff provide outstanding care and will treat your pet like their own. Making free and low-cost spay/neuter accessible to Utah residents is a key part of the clinic’s mission. Since 2010, the Orem clinic has performed more than 60,000 spay/neuter surgeries, and our South Ogden clinic has greatly extended our reach for northern Utah residents.
Orem Clinic address: 845 North 100 West, Suite 107, Orem, UT 84057
South Ogden Clinic address: 5640 S. Wasatch Drive, Suite B, South Ogden, UT 84403 (Regular hours coming soon! Walk-in services are unavailable in Ogden at the current time. We apologize for any inconvenience.)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 am-4:00 pm. (Note: We are closed the first Saturday of every month.) Walk-in vaccinations, microchips, and heart worm tests are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Surgeries are by advance appointment only.
Make an appointment: Click here to book online or call 1-866-PETS-FIX (1-866-738-7349).
Ogden clinic appointments: Please check this page periodically for appointment availability.
Services and Pricing
Dogs: $75 if 100 lbs or less; $100 if over 100 lbs
Cat mother and kittens (younger than 4 months): $25
Rabies (dog or cat): $12
Cat Leukemia: $12
Cat Distemper Combination (FVRCP): $12
Dog Distemper Combination (DHPP): $12
Dog Bordetella: $12
Note: Dog and cat distemper and cat leukemia vaccinations will require additional boosters.
Cat Dental Cleaning*: $50 (Dental cleaning will only be performed on spayed/neutered cats and dogs.)
Dog Dental Cleaning*: $75 (Dental cleaning will only be performed on spayed/neutered cats and dogs.)
Microchip with National Registration: $20
Heartworm Test: $10
Heartworm Package (Test + Prevention): $10 plus $25/30/35 (6 months supply of prevention treatment, dependent on weight)
Office fee: $5 (Charged on vaccinations and walk-in services.)
Surgery prices include pain medications for all animals and e-collars for males. Dogs are sent home with pain medication and cats receive a long-lasting pain control injection before discharge.
*Prior blood work is required for dental procedures on all animals 5 years and older and for spay/neuter procedures on all animals 7 years and older to protect your pet from potential side effects from anesthesia.
Low-income assistance program
Best Friends–Utah’s low income assistance program provides free spay/neuter surgeries for pets of Utah residents who are experiencing financial difficulty. Vouchers can be used only at participating vet clinics throughout the state. The program is for owned cats and dogs only. You must fix every animal in your household.
How does it work? All you have to do is fill out an application. To qualify for the program you must provide proof that you fall within the poverty guidelines or participate in a government assistance program listed below.
|Persons in family or household||Qualifying Income|
|For each additional person, add:||$8,320|
Government Assistance Programs we accept (must provide proof): Medicaid, CHIP, food stamps, WIC, Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8 Housing, Free School Lunch, Head Start, HEAT, Weatherization Assistance Program, Unemployement Insurance, Veteran’s Benefits. If you are receiving services from The Road Home, Cross Roads Urban Center or another social service organization, we can also speak to your caseworker as proof of assistance. They can email or call us to confirm.
Click here to fill out the low-income assistance application. You must provide proof of income or participation in a government program with your application. You can send your application and proof via email, fax or in person at our offices:
Address: 2005 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City
Call 1-866-PETS-FIX (1-866-738-7349)
Community cat spay/neuter voucher program
Since community (feral or free-roaming) cats are happiest living outdoors and are at great risk of being killed if they enter shelters, our community cat spay/neuter voucher program was created to keep them out of shelters, while gradually reducing their numbers. Through this program, we offer free spay and neuter vouchers, redeemable at participating veterinarians only.
NOTICE: Changes to the community cat voucher program
Best Friends is updating the community cat voucher program to better serve Utah and ensure resources are available during our peak months of the year. These changes will take effect December 2016. All issued TNR vouchers will have a $30 copay per voucher. In response to current surgery needs, Best Friends' Orem clinic will increase admittance of community cats to 15 per day. To prepare for this winter update, we will limit the number of vouchers issued to trappers and caregivers during the month of November to a maximum of 10 per request.
Click here to fill out our outdoor community cat spay/neuter voucher request. You may also contact us for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: Our outdoor community cat spay/neuter voucher program is designed for community (feral and free-roaming) cats only and is not intended for pet cats or cats who will be placed into homes as pets. See the low-income assistance program section above for help getting your pet cat spayed or neutered.
All cats fixed with our community cat voucher must be in a humane trap and will be ear-tipped. To learn more about TNR please visit our Community Cat information page.
For the safety of your pets and our staff, please keep all dogs on a secure leash and all cats and rabbits in a secure plastic pet carrier when you bring your pets in for services.
For any surgery patients, cardboard boxes, wire dog crates, soft travel pet carriers or plastic bins will not be accepted. Secure hard plastic carriers are required for any cats coming to either clinic location for surgery. If you do not have a secure plastic carrier, you may purchase one from the clinic but it will be required for services. (Please note: broken carriers that are not safe or secure will not be permitted for surgery patients)
For the safety of the animal during the surgical procedure there may only be one adult cat per carrier (4 months and older), kittens who are younger than 4 months of age may share a secure hard plastic carrier but there may not be more than two cats in each carrier.
Community cats who are coming to be spayed or neutered at the clinic will need to be in a humane cat trap, no pet carriers or wire dog crates will be permitted. For the safety of the animal and staff, only one cat will be admitted per trap. Multiple cats in a humane trap will not be permitted as is it not safe for the animal when recovering from surgery. If you need resources to rent or obtain more humane cat traps, please email email@example.com
Community cats are accepted for surgery on a walk-in basis each day that we are open from 7AM-10AM. We admit up to seven community cats each day on a first-come first-served basis. If our clinic is at capacity for community cat appointments for the day, we can issue a voucher to allow you to take the cat to another participating veterinary clinic.
For any additional information or clarification, please call our Help Desk at 801-574-2454
Prior blood work is required for dental procedures on all animals 5 years and older and for spay/neuter procedures on all animals 7 years and older to protect your pet from potential side effects from anesthesia.
Pre-Surgery Feeding Instructions
Dogs and Cats:
- If your pet is older than 4 months, please do not feed him or her after 9 pm the night before you bring them to the clinic. Water is okay at all times.
- If your pet is younger than 4 months, please feed him or her at 6 am the morning that you plan to bring them to the clinic. Water is okay at all times.
- Rabbits need to have regular and constant access to food. PLEASE DO NOT FAST YOUR RABBIT before surgery.
- Please bring food and water for your rabbit on the day of surgery.
Save time by printing the proper form at home! Fill it out and bring it in with you, and you may proceed directly to the check-in area.
- Click here to print out the form for walk-in services & vaccinations.
- Click here to print out the form for spay/neuter or dental surgery at our OREM clinic.
- Click here to print out the form for spay/neuter surgery at our OGDEN clinic.
Please watch the video below for instructions on how to care for your animal in the days following their surgical procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, call the number listed in the video for assistance.