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Portage APL Spay/Neuter Programs


“Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.  Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical radio.  A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison of the second.” - Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)


Friends of Animals – Spay/Neuter Certificates


            From its beginning in 1957, FOA has assumed a leadership role in advocating low-cost spaying and altering as the most effective means of preventing the births of unwanted dogs and cats, and their subsequent abandonment and suffering.  For more than five decades, they have operated the only nationwide breeding control program in the United States facilitating more than 2 million spay/neuter procedures.

            Portage APL provides two ways to purchase Friends of Animals (FOA) certificates for low-cost spaying or neutering your pet.

  1. Pet owners may purchase a certificate from Friends of Animals via the  Or, certificates may be ordered by mail.  Call 1-800-321-PETS (1-800-321-7387) and request an application.

  2. Pet owners may purchase certificates at the Portage APL Shelter during business hours, or by calling the shelter at 330-296-4022.

Prices of FOA certificates purchased at Portage APL (including a $10 processing fee), are as follows:

Male Cat ($61.00)  -  Female Cat ($75.00)  - Male Dog ($74.00) - Female Dog ($100.00)



  • (The recommended age for spay/neutering is 2-6 months of age)

  • (FOA certificates are not valid for a cat if the cat is to be declawed)

(Click here for a list of veterinarians in the area who honor FOA certificates)


MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) - (Cats Only)


            The Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital (MASH) is a veterinary hospital on wheels, designed to provide low-cost cat spay and neuter services for low income clients throughout the State of Ohio.  The 19 foot trailer, built by the LaBoit Corporation of Columbus, Ohio, is a fully equipped spay/neuter clinic.  The M.A.S.H. unit was purchased by Adopt-A-Pet Columbus in 1999 and is run by Dr. Laura Miller, the current owner of the unit.

Portage county residents may call the shelter at 330-296-4022 during business hours to be placed on the waiting list to have their cats “fixed.”



(Please note that MASH dates may change.  Check APL Upcoming Events Calendar on Home Page of this web site.

  • JAN 11                                   MAY 31            

     FEB 1                                     JULY 5

     MARCH 1                              AUG 2

     APRIL 5                                 SEPT 6

     MAY 3                                    OCT 4

      NOV 1                                   DEC 6 



            Each cat is put under gas anesthesia for the procedure.  All surgery takes place in the Mobile Unit and is done by the MASH veterinarian.  All procedures are done using sterile equipment.  A female surgery (similar to a hysterectomy in a person) involves removal of ovaries and uterus and takes about one-half hour to complete.  Neutering a male cat involves removing the testicles and takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Females may be spayed if they are in heat, and can be spayed while pregnant.  Pediatric spaying and neutering is performed on kittens, but they must be 10-12 weeks of age or 2 pounds and healthy to have the procedures performed.


Nursing cats cannot be spayed until they have been separated from their kittens for at least two weeks and have no milk in their mammary glands.

Male cats which have neither or only one testicle descended are not done at the MASH clinic and should be referred to their local veterinarian.

Any cat known to be positive for Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Viremia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or any other serious illness will not be done by the MASH veterinarian and should be referred to their local vet.

Cats cannot be on antibiotic treatment at time of surgery.

Cats which have had anything to eat after midnight the night before will be refused surgery.

Cats showing symptoms of current illness (nasal or eye discharge, emaciation, etc.) will be refused surgery and referred to their local vet.

Cats having any serious heart or lung problems on auscultation (vet listening to organ functions) will be refused surgery and referred.

Cats having any recent major surgery will be refused surgery and referred.

Extremely obese female cats will be refused surgery and referred.

Extremely short nosed or Persian cats will be refused surgery and referred.

The MASH veterinarian retains the right to refuse services to any animal perceived as unfit.



  • Male Cat Neuter                $30.00 + $5.00 processing fee

  • Female Cat Spay                $45.00 + $5.00 processing fee

Additional services (done at time of surgery) that are available:

  • Flea Treatment (Advantage)                      $10.00

  • Nail Trim                                                  $  5.00

  • Earmite Treatment                                    $  5.00

  • Tape Wormer                                            $10.00

  • Rabies Vaccine                                         $10.00

  • General Wormer                                        $  5.00

  • Ear Tip (Ferals Only )                                 $  5.00

  • FVRCPC Vaccine                                        $10.00

(May need to repeat in 3-4 weeks at local vet)



  1. Bring your cat(s) to Portage APL in some sort of secure carrier, preferably with each cat in a separate carrier (no boxes or duffle bags).  Failure to do so will result in being turned away with no refund. 

  2. Remove all materials from the carrier (litter boxes, straw, towels, etc.) and make sure your cat is NOT WEARING A COLLAR.

  3. Please bring the Consent for Surgery Form with you, as it needs to be filled out the day of surgery, or you may CLICK HERE for Pdf of Form to Complete and bring with you)

  4. Please arrive at Portage APL between 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Portage APL is located at 8122 Infirmary Road (behind the dog pound and alongside the Portage County Airport,   You will be given an approximate time to pick up your cat(s) before leaving.

If you have any questions, call Portage APL at (330) 296-4022 during business hours.



For a Pdf copy of MASH Post Surgery Instructions (CLICK HERE)


PetFix (Northeast Ohio) Mobile Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Upcoming Dates:

June 22

July 17


Rabies shots are required for
all animals not already vaccinated.

PetFix Fees

Cat Neuter $30
Cat Spay $40
Feral Cat $35

Dog Neuter under 50 pounds $40
Dog Spay under 50 pounds $60

Dogs Neuter over 50 pounds $50
Dogs Spay over 50 pounds $70

Rabies Vaccinations $6

Feral cats may receive RVRCP vaccines at an additional cost of $2 per cat. PetFix does not perform any other services. Each animal receives a brief physical exam to determine whether it is healthy enough for surgery. At discharge, owners/caregivers are informed of any medical conditions noticed during the exam and are encouraged to take the animal to a local veterinary clinic