Working together, we can end pet overpopulation in Virginia

Spay Virginia is a project of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.  Our goal is to work with shelters, local governments, rescue groups and private veterinarians to provide pet owners and caregivers in Virginia with access to convenient and affordable spay/neuter services. By spaying or neutering your pet, you may be giving your pet the gift of a healthier and happier life AND you will be preventing unwanted and unplanned litters of puppies and kittens from being added to the hundreds of dogs and cats already in Virginia shelters.

What is Spaying/Neutering?

Spaying or neutering is also called “sterilization,” and sometimes is referred to as “fixing” your pet. When a female dog or cat is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. When a male dog or cat is neutered, his testicles are removed. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. Your pet may need to stay at the veterinarian’s office overnight, or may be able to come home the same day.

Spaying and neutering are routine and permanent procedures that reduce unwanted behavior in your pets and reduce or eliminate the risk of certain often fatal diseases – which makes both you and your pet happier.

Spaying or neutering your pet will also ensure that your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by producing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens.

Exciting News from SpayVA:

We are happy to report that in 2015, $19,000 was awarded to 17 member organizations and 359 animals were spayed/neutered as a result.

Thanks to a few very generous donors, spay/neuter grant money in the amount of $19,500 was again awarded to qualified organizations at the end of the 2016 conference in Charlottesville.  

 The following outlines the guidelines for the program and for an organization to be eligible for funding:

  • Organization is a 501c3.
  • Organization is a Federation member in good standing (yearly dues paid and current application) and their organization serves the state of Virginia.
  • Organization attends the conference and is present to receive funding awarded at the closing session of the conference.
  • Funding covers spay/neuter surgeries only.
  • Amount/animal is capped at $45.00 for a cat and $100.00 for a dog.  If amount of surgery exceeds this per animal, organization must have the capacity to fund the remainder through co-pays or fundraising.
  • Organization must provide a report of how money was spent as requested by the Federation.  
  • Monthly reports on how many animals were fixed will be required.

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2016 Spay/Neuter Grants were awarded to the following VFHS member organizations:

  • Alleghany Humane Society
  • Animal Resources of Tidewater

  • Augusta Dog Adoptions
  • Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue
  • Cat's Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley

  • Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

  • Community Cat Advocats

  • Fairfax County Animal Advocates

  • Fauquier SPCA
  • Friends of Fairfax County Animal Shelter
  • Friends of Russell County Animal Shelter
  • Gwendolyn's Wish

  • Hanover Humane Society

  • Highland County Humane Society
  • Humane Society of Shenandoah County
  • Humane Society of Warren County
  • Loudoun Community Cat Coalition
  • Martinsville-Henry County SPCA

  • Norfolk SPCA

  • Ring Dog Rescue

  • Second Chance Dog Rescue

  • Smyth County Humane Society

  • SPCA of Pittsylvania County
  • SPCA of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Counties
  • St Francis Humane Association
  • The Mosby Foundation
  • Twin County Humane Society
  • Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic  

  • Voices for Animals


A huge thank you goes out to Tito's Handmade Vodka and Breakthru Beverage for partnering with SpayVA and for providing $10,000 in grant funds that were awarded at our 2016 annual conference to local rescues and animal shelters for spaying/neutering services.