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Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services

It is the mission of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to ensure all animals are loved and free from suffering. We never want someone to have to give up an animal due to basic veterinary care that they can’t afford. We currently provide low-cost services for owned cats as well as spay/neuter services for stray cats.

If you have an owned cat or rabbit who needs to be spayed or neutered, please fill out the form below and we can contact you to schedule a time. We currently spay or neuter owned cats for $45 per cat and owned rabbits for $95 per rabbit. It is required that your cat has a rabies vaccine prior to surgery. If he/she does not, we can administer one for an additional $12.

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Feral Cat Program

Through the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s Feral Cat Program, we will work with you to spay or neuter the stray cats in your neighborhood. You must schedule a time for an appointment (by filling out the below form) to bring in your stray cat. Then, you simply trap the cat, bring it in and pay $5 for the spay/neuter procedure.
Cats in our Feral Cat Program are no tested for diseases unless requested and paid for in advance. FELV/FIV testing can be done for an additional $20. No vaccines, deworming or flea treatments will be administered. During surgery, the cat’s left ear will be “tipped,” removing ¼ inch from the top of the ear. This is a universal sign that the cat has been spayed or neutered.

For the safety of the staff, all feral cats must be contained in humane cat traps on the day of the surgery. Each cat must be presented in a live humane trap – NOT a pet carrier. Only one cat per trap is permitted. You can rent a humane live trap from our organization for a deposit of $75. This deposit will be refunded to you when the trap is returned to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. There is a rental fee of $1 per day for use of the trap.

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Our Trap-Neuter-Return Program is a catch-and-release spay/neuter program designed to lower the number of outdoor cats in our community in a humane way. Outdoor cats – collectively known as community cats – comprise unidentified stray (aloof to friendly) and feral (wild and unfriendly) cats.
How Does it Work?

Euthanasia does not help control population. Cat populations will rebound and grow as long as there is adequate food supply. Cats must be spayed or neutered so new cats cannot be produced. Through our Trap-Neuter-Return program, we efficiently lower the number of free-roaming community cats through sterilization rather than euthanasia.
Staff and volunteers from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton target “hot spots” in our community with a lot of community cats present. Cats that have no identification (collar, tag, tattoo, etc.) are considered unowned. We will humanely trap these cats and then bring them to our shelter where they will get a rabies vaccination, will be spayed or neutered and then ear-tipped, a universal sign of an altered community cat.
After surgery, the cats are returned to where they were caught. To be released back into the community, the cat must:

  • Have their claws
  • Not be kittens
  • Not be injured or sick
  • Not be a senior who may struggle to survive
  • Be healthy and have a body mass indicating that they have a clear and consistent food source

Why is Trap-Neuter-Return Effective?

  • This is an estimated 50,000 community cats in Montgomery County, Ohio alone. It is estimated that only 2.5 percent of these cats are spayed or neutered. This means that there are approximately 48,750 outdoor cats in Montgomery County that are not spayed or neutered and are able to reproduce.
  • The cat population (like other outdoor animal populations) rises to the level of a food source. This means that if there is more than enough food outside (mice, rats, birds, people feeding outdoor cats, etc.) cats increase their numbers. If there is not enough food, then the population decreases. The cat population – roughly 50,000 in Montgomery County – seeks a balance with the amount of food available.
  • If cats are taken off the streets (via adoption or euthanasia) there is an unclaimed food source available. This is called the “vacuum effect.” With so many cats able to reproduce very quickly (two litters per year with four to six kittens per litter), their population number rebounds every breeding season.
  • The only effective way to lower the outdoor cat population responsibly is through sterilization (spays and neuters) of community cats so litters of kittens are not born homeless.

Benefits of spaying/neutering community cats

  • Reduces unwanted litters being born on the streets homeless
  • Lowers wandering, aggressiveness and territorial behaviors
  • Lowers incidences of infection and tumors
  • Eliminates heat cycles

How you can help
Please consider a monetary donation to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humane organization, so donations are tax-deductible. Your in-kind donation of any of the following items would be appreciated

  • Havahart live cat traps
  • Disposable dishes
  • Gently used linens
  • Canned cat food
  • Tarps

Need Information on Trap-Neuter-Return or Want to Report a “Hot Spot” Contact Us!


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