Loving Spay+Neuter Clinic


The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic at Richmond Animal League offers low cost spay and neuter services for owned pets, rescue organizations, and municipal shelters with no geographical restrictions. The clinic also provides some reduced vaccinations and tests, if done at the time of the surgery. The staff of veterinary professionals can also microchip your pet to make identification easier should your pet get lost and end up in a shelter.

About Spay+Neuter

Spaying and neutering animals is a key step in helping reduce the pet overpopulation problem. Sterilized animals are unable to produce unwanted litters, thus preventing more homeless animals. Surgically sterilized pets make better companions and are less prone to reproductive diseases, aggression, house soiling, wandering and spraying. More information can be found here

Services and Fees

The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic is not a full service veterinary office and can only provide vaccinations, tests, and microchips when the spay or neuter surgery is performed. See your regular veterinarian for routine care or a veterinary emergency center if your pet is ill or injured.

Prices for surgery include take home oral pain medications.

Female Dogs (Spay)
2 lb to 100  lbs: $85
Over 100 lbs fee: $50 additional
Pregnancy fee: $30

Male Dogs (Neuter)
2 lb to 100 lbs: $75
Over 100 lbs fee: $50 additional
Cryptorchid fee: $50 per testicle

Female Cats (Spay): $50
Pregnancy fee: $20

Male Cats (Neuter): $40
Cryptorchid fee: $50 per testicle

Vaccinations & Tests*
***Rabies vaccination: $10
Distemper vaccination: $15
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) $15
Leukemia vaccination: $15
Heartworm test: $20
Feline leukemia/FIV test: $25

Microchipping*: $25

Preventative Medicines


Heartgard [6 months] (Dogs)
1-25 lb: $30
26-50 lb: $38
51-100 lb: $42

Frontline Gold - Monthly Topical Flea and Tick Prevention (Dog)
1-22 lbs, 6 months: $82
23-44 lbs, 6 months: $84
45-88 lbs, 6 months: $86
89-132 lbs, 6 months: $86
Single Dose: $15

NexGard – Monthly Oral Flea and Tick Prevention (Dog)
All sizes 
Single dose: $20 
6 months: $90

Bravecto K9 1 oral dose lasts 3 months Flea and Tick Prevention (Dog)
All sized
1 Dose: $40

Seresto Collar- Each collar lasts 8 months of Flea and Tick Prevention (Dog)
All sizes: $57



Frontline Gold for cats- Monthly Topical Flea and Tick Prevention (Cat)
6 months: $77
Frontline Single Dose: $15

Seresto Collar- Each collar lasts 8 months of Flea and Tick Prevention (Cat)
All sizes: $57

Advantage Multi- Monthly Topical Flea, Ear mites, Some Intestinal Parasites and Heartworm Prevention (Cat)
6 months: $72
Single Dose Advantage Multi: $15

*vaccinations, tests, and microchips only available with spay or neuter surgery

***Rabies is required by law. If you do not provide PAPER proof at check in, a rabies vaccine will be given and added to your invoice.

Prices subject to change without notice

Feral Cat Info

The Richmond Animal League’s Loving Spay+Neuter Clinic is proud to offer spay and neuter surgery and a rabies vaccine free of charge to feral cats.  This service is made possible by generous donors and grants.  Other services are available to feral cats at an additional fee.

Feral cat spay and neuter appointments are made on Mondays on a first come, first serve basis.  We hold five spaces for feral cats per day.  Each feral must have an appointment; we do not take walk-ins.

All feral cats must come in with a patient/client and disclosure form completely filled out and signed. 

All feral cat caretakers are required to read the trapping instructions before trapping. Click here for detailed instructions. Traps are available for rent. Information is available here.

We do not require that feral cats be tested for feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus, but the caretaker may elect to test a cat for an additional fee.  If a feral cat appears sick, we may recommend testing.  The clinic will not euthanize healthy looking, positive cats or kittens.  The veterinarians may recommend euthanasia if the cat is unhealthy and treatment is not an option. 

More info on FLV and FIV here.

If a female feral cat is found to be pregnant at the time of spay, the procedure will be completed and the pregnancy terminated. 

Thank you so much for your participation in our feral cat program.  Please call us at (804) 379-9725 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Answers to frequently asked questions

What services does the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic provide?
The LSNC primary focus is on low cost spay and neuter for dogs and cat. Pets will have a brief exam by our vet, full anesthesia, spay or neuter surgery and a 24 hour pain injection. Pets must show proof of rabies vaccine, if older than 3 months. If not, they will need to have the vaccination at the time of surgery.

How much will it cost cost?
Find the price on the Services and Fees tab associated with your dog's weight and sex or cat’s sex.  If your pet needs a rabies vaccination, add that cost as well as any add ons, such as microchip, extra pain meds

What if I don’t want/need the rabies vaccination?
If your pet has a current rabies vaccination, you must present the PAPER RABIES CERTIFICATE (not a tag) when you drop the pet off in the morning as proof. Otherwise, by law, we must administer a rabies shot for all pets over 3 lbs (approximately 3 mos. of age).  The state requires pets be vaccinated so we require it as well. 

Are other vaccinations required like Rabies? 
We recommend you get all of the age appropriate vaccinations for your pet.   We recommend getting these at least two weeks before the appointment for full immunity, but understand that we might need to do the vaccinations at the time of the surgery.  

Can I get the vaccinations at the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic?
Yes!   See the fees and list of vaccinations available above.   We do recommend getting the vaccinations at least 2 weeks before the schedule appointment, but understand that is not always possible.  We can vaccinate when the pets come in to the Clinic, but they won’t have immunity to the virus/disease for another 2 weeks.

Does the surgery include microchipping?
It is not included in the surgery but can be purchased for an additional $25 (includes registration).  

Can I just purchase microchipping without surgery?
Not at the LSNC. Please call your local vet, Prevent a Litter [(804) 359-MEOW (6369)] or local animal controls for other options

Can I just show up at the clinic?
NO! The LSNC is by appointment only and appointments must be scheduled in advance. Please call 804-379-9725.  If you get the machine, leave a message with your name, number and appointment needs clearly.  We will return your call before 1 business day.

How do I make an appointment?
By calling 804-379-9758.  If you get the machine, leave a clear message with your name, number and appointment needs.  We will return your call before 1 business day.

What are the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic’s hours?
We do surgeries Monday thru Friday.  Drop off doors open at 8 am and close at 8:30 am.   Dog pick up starts at 4:00pm, Cat pick up starts at 4:30pm.  All animals must be picked up by 5:00 pm or there will be a late fee of up to $40 added to the bill.  Animals cannot be discharged sooner than these listed hours without approval from LSNC staff.   Do not arrive early without speaking to staff.

Can I bring all 8 of my pets on one day?
No.  We can only see 3 animals max from a family a day.   If you have 9 animals that need to get done, we will schedule 3 days of 3 animals.   Or if you have 4 animals that need surgery, we will set up two day of 2 pets on each day. 

Do I need to fill out paperwork for each pet?
Yes, it is required you fill out a set of our clinic forms per pet.   They are located on our website as well as linked below.  This is how all of your animals’ info is entered and tracked through the day. It is very important this paperwork is filled out full and correctly.  Make sure to have multiple phone numbers in case of emergency.  Items not marked off on sheet in the morning may not be able to be added later in the day. 


Does the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic accept Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) discount certificates?

No, The LSNC is already at a discounted rate.

What happens if the weather prohibits the LSNC from operating?

If the Clinic needs to cancel due to weather, power outage or other issues, we will post a message on our Facebook page to update you on the status. If the Clinic cancels for the day, we will call you to notify you.

What if I arrive for my scheduled appointment and find out that my pet has already been spayed or neutered?

If during the initial exam by our vet it is easily determined that your pet has already been spayed or neutered, there will be no charge for the appointment. (If a rabies vaccination is administered during this time there will be a $10 charge plus tax. You are also still welcome to have you pet microchipped for an additional $25 or other services and vaccines.) If after your pet has been anesthetized, it is determined that he/she has already been spayed or neutered, you will be responsible for sedation/anesthesia payment.

Will my pet receive pain medication?

Yes. Pain medication is administered as a 24 hour lasting injection for all surgical procedures. Prices for surgery also include take home oral pain medications.

Will my pet receive antibiotics?

No.  Sometimes an animal might need antibiotics at the doctors’ discretion.   LSNC will call you to go over what the vet found, why they recommend antibiotics and what type is recommend.  We will let you know the additional cost as well.  

Can I get other services for my pet at the Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic like a dental or declaw?

No, we are not a full-service vet clinic.   We only do the listed services.  See your full service vet for any other issues or procedures. 

Do I bring my cat back to LSNC for follow-up care?

We prefer to see post-operative complications that aren’t an emergency. In the unlikely event that an emergency complication arise when the pet goes home, he/she would have to be taken to the customer’s own vet or Emergency Vet.   Please call to keep us up date.

Will I need to come back to have sutures removed?

No. Our vet uses dissolvable sutures and surgical glue to close the canine and feline spay (female) and canine neuter (male) incision so there is no need to return to have any sutures removed. (It can take up to 90 days for sutures to fully dissolve.) Feline Neuters (male) do not require sutures.

Is my pet too old to be spayed/neutered at LSNC?

Our vets highly recommends pre-operative blood work for both male and female cats/dogs over the age of 7 years. The blood work recommended is available to be performed at the LSNC same day.   You can also bring in a copy of your own vet’s blood work if done with in the last month. SPECIAL NOTE ON PETS AGES 7 and OLDER: While we will book pets over the age of 7 years at the LSNC, please be aware that our veterinarians reserve the right to turn pets over 7 away on the day of surgery if they have concerns about the pets’ health. Our vet will make that assessment once she sees the pet the day of surgery. We do not spay/neuter cats/dogs over the age of 12 but can provide you with a referral of a place that can assist you.

How old does the cat/dog have to be in order to be spayed or neutered?

The pet must weigh at least 2 lbs and 8 weeks to undergo the procedure. Most cats hit that weight at 8 – 12 weeks. Please remember, however, that pets must weigh at least 3 lbs to receive the rabies vaccination.   We recommend little breeds wait until close to 5 or 6 months so that the dog weighs more, if possible.  If not possible, we will do the surgery if the pet is over 2 months/2 pounds.

What if my cat/dog is in heat?

We are still able to spay her.  There is no extra charge.

What if my cat/dog is pregnant?

We will still spay her. (The fetuses do not survive the procedure.) There is an extra fee.  $30 for dogs and $20 for cats. This covers the cost of fluids and extra care.

Do I have to bring a stool sample?

No. But you can if you are requesting a fecal exam ($10).  The freshest if best.  Please provide a sample around the size of a walnut in a labeled ziplock bag.  If you are unable to bring a sample, we will hopefully get your pet to submit a sample while at the clinic. 

Do you do pre-operative blood work?

Not automatically for the spay/neuter price. But you can request it on the form for $50.   We preform it in house, before the procedure.  We will call if anything is out of normal ranges.  If everything looks good, the doctors will continue with the procedure.  You will get a copy of the blood work at pick up to bring to your regular vet.

What is an Elizabethan collar?

An Elizabethan collar, E-Collar, or pet cone, (sometimes humorously called a pet lamp-shade or cone of shame) is a protective medical device worn by an animal, usually a cat or dog. Shaped like a truncated cone, its purpose is to prevent the animal from biting or licking at its body or scratching at its head or neck while wounds or injuries heal.[1]

The device is generally attached to the pet's usual collar with strings or tabs passed through holes punched in the sides of the plastic. The neck of the collar should be short enough to let the animal eat and drink. Although most pets adjust to them quite well, others will not eat or drink with the collar in place and the collar is temporarily removed for meals. 

Your pet should wear the cone whenever you are not around to watching or at night.  If you pet is really tenacious, the cone should stay on at all times.   Some pets might only need to wear it for a few days right after the procedure and possibly a few weeks later as the incision heals and starts to pull.   Other pets need to wear them the full 2-3 weeks.  It will depend on how your pet handles the surgery. 

Will my pet be wearing a Elizabethan collar after the procedure?

We recommend it for all patients.  But no, we do not routinely provide Elizabethan collars (aka cone head, cone of shame, lamp shade, e-collar).  They are $9 plus tax to purchase.  Sometimes an animal wakes up and instantly goes after the incision.  We will call you and highly recommend you purchase the e-collar.  If the pet licks or chews, the incision will become infected and potentially open up.  All follow up costs due to licking or chewing will need to be paid by the pet’s owner. 

Do you test for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and/or FeLV (Feline Leukemia)?

Yes, for $25.  It is recommend all cats with unknown history be tested.  It is required for Feline Leukemia Vaccine. 

Is the spay/neuter surgery safe?

It’s a surgical procedure, and as with any surgery, there are always risks. We have a licensed veterinarian who performs the procedures, and there is also a vet tech and a vet assistant with lots of volunteer help, so the pets are very well monitored.   Our vets are very skilled at surgery, as they preform roughly 30 surgeries a day.

How often are the clinic’s cages cleaned?

Every night or as soon as animal leaves.

What about the surgical instruments and materials?

The scalpels use new blades in sterilized handles. We use new needles and the very highest quality suture material. Instrument packs and drapes are cleaned and sterilized between each procedure.  New Blades, suture, needle, sterile gloves for each procedure; we do no reuse these items. 

Is it a vet who performs the procedures?

Yes. Our vets are licensed in the state of Virginia.  Dr. Laura has been with LSNC since 2009.  Dr. Gross has been with the clinic since 2012.   See their bios at http://www.ral.org/our_clinic/clinic_staff/

How do I pay for my appointment?

Payment is at pick up.   We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), debit cards, exact cash. We do not keep change (bills or coins) on premises.  Please call between 11am and 3pm for estimated total. We do not accept checks, Care Credit or spay neuter certificates.   You may call in a credit card number over the phone mid-day (before 3pm). 

I can’t afford the full cost– can you help me?

Our prices are lowest cost to everyone, no need to apply to come to our clinic. If your household makes less than $25,000 a year and you can’t afford the listed costs, we have a low income program.  You will need to submit a copy of your tax returns proving house hold income along with the Low Income Application to apply. Make sure you name and phone number is listed on your paperwork.  Once approved we will call to make the appointment.  We have limited funds each year, so must limit the number of approved pets per household.   The Low Income Form is listed below our regular forms in the Right Margin if funds are available.  

Why do I have to bring the cat in a carrier? What kind of carrier?

It’s a safety protocol to protect you and your cat as well as our staff. For safety reasons, the cat MUST arrive at the appointment in a secure carrier. Please NOTE: Cats arriving in a non-secure carrier or without a carrier will be required to purchase a $5 cardboard carrier for discharge.   We have had cats escape carriers while waiting in line outside.  Make sure your carrier is not missing any clips and that doors and latches are secure.  Please write your name and pets name on the carrier, either on tape or directly on the carrier.  We always recommend the hard shell carriers.  Soft carriers can collapse inward and scare a post-operative kitty. 

My dog is well trained, I don’t need him on a leash!

All dogs must be on a leash while waiting in line outside or in our clinic.   The clinic is a busy place and all dogs needs to be leashed.  No exceptions.

What time do I pick my cat up?

CATS ONLY-Discharge starts at 4:30pm and ends at 5pm each day.  You must pick up your kitty at your assigned time. See below for late fees.   Cats are NOT ready before 4:30pm.  Do not arrive early without prior consent from LSNC Staff.  Earlier arrivals slow down check out and everyone ends up waiting longer.

What time do I pick my dog up?

DOGS ONLY- Discharge starts at 4pm and ends at 4:30 pm each day.   You must pick up your doggie at your assigned time. See below for late fees.   Dogs are NOT ready before 4pm.  Do not arrive early without prior consent from LSNC Staff.  Earlier arrivals slow down check out and everyone ends up waiting longer.  If you are picking up a cat with a dog, please come after 4:30pm when the cats will be ready. 

What happens if I’m late for discharge time?

If you arrive for pick up later than 5pm, you will be charged a late fee up to $40 which is non-negotiable. If any pet is still left at 5:15pm, Chesterfield Country Animal Control will be called to pick up the pet.  We do not have staff overnight and will not leave your pet unattended. You will need to make arrangements to pick your pet up from Animal Control and pay any necessary fees.

Can I stay with my pet at the LSNC?

No. We do not have a waiting room.  There is a lot of shopping nearby at the Chesterfield Town center Mall and along Midlothian Turnpike. 

Do I have to live in Chesterfield in order to use LSNC?

No. There is no residency requirement.

My cat has tested positive for FIV and/or FeLV. Will you still spay/neuter him/her?


Do you spay/neuter feral cats?

Yes. They need to be brought to the LSNC in a trap.  Appointments for feral cats can ONLY be made Monday mornings.  Call starting Sunday Nights at 9pm.  Leave a message in the feral mail box (#3) with your name, phone number and stating you are requesting a feral appointment.   We will take the messages off the machine in order they are left.   We then call back in that order on Monday morning.   If we can’t get a live person, we will NOT leave an appointment on a machine.   You must answer the phone when we call to make the appointment.  We make appointments for 1-2 weeks out.  We do feral cat surgeries Mon- Friday.  We have 5 slots a day.   We have grants and donations that cover the cost of surgery and the rabies vaccination with ear tip.   Any extra testing or vaccinations will be at the cost of the trapper/caregiver.  The cats must be feral, wild, and untouchable.   This does not cover strays or rescued cats that are pets. 

My dog has a heart murmur/seizures or other big medical issue.  Can you spay or neuter them?

NO!  We are a high volume, low cost spay and neuter clinic.  We are not set up like regular veterinary offices.   If your pet has medical issues, those need to be worked up through a full service vet. 

What is the best way to get my cat into the cat carrier?

The easiest way to handle a cat that may not want to go into the carrier is to "scruff" the cat or hold it by the skin on the back of the neck. Then, while tilting the carrier up a bit on its end, lift the cat up and lower him/her, rear feet first, into the carrier and quickly close the door. It helps to have two people to do this but it is also the easiest way to crate a cat if you are doing it by yourself. Scruffing is the way the mother carries her babies and it does not hurt the cat to be briefly lifted off the ground in this way. You can even practice lifting by the scruff of the neck before ever putting the cat in the carrier. Scruffing is also useful when giving medication to a cat. Holding a cat by the scruff of the neck helps to keep its head from turning while you are administering medication. You can also visit http://www.wikihow.com/get-a-cat-into-a-pet-carrier for further instruction

Additional Resources

The Richmond Animal League’s Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic is happy to announce a new option for low cost surgery.  Loving Spay and Neuter Clinic is partnering with Amelia Patrons of Animal Welfare (A.P.A.W.) to provide another low cost/ free option to spay and neuter pets.   There are a few options depending on financial constraints. Please see the APAW forms for more info and details on how to get your certificate. The forms must be mailed in to APAW and wait for a certificate to be mailed back before going to an appointment.  We recommend making your appointment early, but mention APAWs when calling.  APAW Informational Brochure   APAW Form

List of Low Cost Surgery, Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinics:

Animal Resource Foundation
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services)
E-mail: arfvirginia@gmail.com
Phone: (804) 694-0 FIX (0349)
PO Box 967
White Marsh, VA 23183

Barron Surgery
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services)
7088 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Capitol Home Veterinary Care
(Mobile vet who does clinics as well.)

Helping Hands
(Provide affordable dental and surgery)
Email: info@affordablepetsurgery.com
3402 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: 804-355-3500
Fax: 804-355-3009

The Jessica Beath Clinic
(low cost spay/neuter with vaccines)
Email: info@jessicabeathclinic.org
Phone: (804) 752-SPAY (7729)
Fax: 804-752-MEOW (6369)
12300 Farrington Road
Ashland, VA 23005

Lynchburg Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
(Spay/neuter, Vaccinations, Transportation options)
General information: spayneuter@lynchburghhumane.org
Phone: (434) 821-4922
Fax: (434) 821-4990
29 Mortimer Drive
Evington, VA 24550

Operation Catnip of Richmond, Inc.
(Feral cat spay/neuter once a month)
P.O. Box 268
Quinton, VA 23141
Phone: 804-228-6479

Prevent A Litter
(Provides Low-cost Spay/Neuter and walk in vaccine Services)
Email: pal@preventalitter.org
Phone:(804) 359-MEOW (6369) 
3421 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Richmond SPCA 
(Provides Low-cost or Free Spay/Neuter Services)
Phone: (804) 643-6785
Spay/Neuter Clinic: (804) 521-1300
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic
Phone: (540) 507-7461
452 TV Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Vetco Clinics
(Mobile clinic-See website for locations and times.)

Voices for Animals
(Provides Free Services for strays & ferals only)
E-Mail: info@voicesforanimals.org
Phone: (434) 979-1200
P.O. Box 4466
Charlottesville, VA 22905

Loving Spay + Neuter Staff

Dr. Laura in surgeryDr. Laura Drinkwine, Veterinarian

Passion: my family, reading, summer, travel
Joined RAL: Nov 2009
Favorite RAL alumni: Apollo Ohno, Prince & Bosley. All so sweet, and their virtues were not readily obvious to the public. They were like special shelter secrets!
Best part about the job: animals, staff (I love it when people come say hi to me in surgery), surgery
When not at RAL, Dr. Laura can be found: at home
Nicknames: spazz, smeagol, midge, Dr. Midge
Favorite word? bonanza


Dr. Kay Gross, Veterinarian

Passion: games with my family, reading, scrapbooking, and gardening
Joined RAL: May 7, 2012
Favorite RAL alumni: I would have to say Apple. I think she is just wonderful.
Best part about the job: Working for a great cause. And, not to be sappy, but all the great people.
When not at RAL, Dr. Gross can be found: at home
Favorite word: glorious
Cake or pie: Chocolate cake from Carrot Tree Kitchen in Williamsburg, VA.


Jennifer M. Hochstetler, Veterinary Technician

Joined RAL: May 2014
Favorite RAL alumni:
Best part about the job: All of the compassionate workers and volunteers. 
When not at RAL, Jenn can be found: at home home with my husband Philip and beautiful daughter Ayden.
Favorite word: Awesomesauce!
Blue or black ink: Black


Corey Flatt, Veterinary Assistant

Joined RAL: June 2012

Favorite RAL alumni: Sheba and Daisey, my two RAL dogs
Best part about the job: Larissa's cupcakes
When not at RAL, Corey can be found: on my couch
Cake or pie? cake - brownie cake, to be exact
Least favorite word: indignant
Super hero ability; super speed or flight? super speed, definitely.



Larissa Jacubec, Veterinary Assistant

Joined RAL: October 2008 as a volunteer, January 2017 as staff
Favorite RAL alumni: Cali Girl
Best part about the job: Being around people who share the same passion for animals as me
When not at RAL, Larissa can be found: When am I not at RAL? But I guess playing with kittens or hanging around Colonial Williamsburg
Least favorite word:No
Cake or Pie? Cupcakes!



Joined RAL: June 2014
Favorite RAL alumni: Gus - a pointer collie mix we adopted December 2013 (pictured)
Best part about the job: Helping decrease the homeless pet population with every surgery.
When not at RAL, Abbey can be found: taking care of my farm animals - ducks, geese, sheep and a llama.
Favorite word: Plethora
Cake or Pie: Pie- pear and dark chocolate ganache pie


Jennifer Erdelyi, Clinic Coordinator

Joined RAL: July 2016
Favorite RAL alumni: Anna
Passions: camping, gardening, my family, and my cats
When not at RAL, Jennifer can be found: binge watching the latest Netflix shows or shuttling my children around town
Cake or Pie: yellow box cake with chocolate icing and rainbow non pareils
Superhero Ability: Teleportation


Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
*surgery drop off at 8:00 am
pick up at 4:00 pm

(804) 379-9725


Clinic Contact

Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic

Phone:  804-379-9725
Fax:  804-379-4096
Email:  clinic@ral.org

Services & Fees