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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.
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 will soon greatly extend our reach for northern Utah residents.
Orem Clinic address: 845 North 100 West, Suite 107, Orem, UT 84057
South Ogden Clinic address: COMING SOON!
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). NOTE: If you are booking the "family plan" spay/neuter for a cat and kittens, please CALL to make your appointment.
Note: 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. Please do not use cardboard boxes, plastic bins or anything other than a secure plastic pet carrier.
We are unable to perform surgery on the following types of animals:
- Animals showing signs of illness such as fever, nasal discharge, cough, etc.
- Cats and dogs under 8 weeks of age.
- Rabbits younger than 4 months. (We recommend spay/neuter at 6 months for rabbits.)
- Animals under 2 lbs.
Services and Pricing
IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning January 2, 2016, dog spay/neuter surgery pricing will change to $75 for dogs weighing 100 pounds or less, and $100 for dogs over 100 pounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dogs: $60 (Cryptorchid $20 extra; over 100 lbs $20 extra)
Cat mother and kittens (younger than 4 months): $25 (please call 1-866- 738-7349 to schedule if you are booking this service)
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.
Low-income assistance program
Best Friends–Utah’s low income assistance program provides spay/neuter for pets of Utah residents who are experiencing financial difficulty. Vouchers can be used at participating vet clinics throughout the state. (Note that we offer a limited number of vouchers per month, with priority given to residents of Salt Lake County, Davis County, Utah County, Weber County and Washington County.) If the application link below is not available, all vouchers for the month have been allocated. Please check back at the first of next month to apply.
How does it work? All you have to do is fill out an application. Be sure to list your adjusted gross income for the year and the number of dependents in your household as listed on your 1040 tax return. To be considered for the program, your income level cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Please check the income chart below to see if you qualify:
|Persons in family or household||Qualifying Income|
|For each additional person, add:||$8,320|
Click here to fill out the low-income assistance application. You can also stop by, call or email us for a print application:
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, to qualifying Utah residents. Certain restrictions may apply.
Click here to fill out our outdoor community cat spay/neuter voucher request. You may also contact us for a printed form at email@example.com.
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.
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. Please do not use cardboard boxes, plastic bins or anything other than a secure plastic pet carrier.
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.