Spaying & Neutering

The Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter is committed to providing compassionate and quality care to your pet and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to any dog or cat in need. Our promise is to take good care of both you and your pet.

Our doctor and staff have years of experience working together and function as a real team. Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, our staff veterinarian, has over 30 years of surgical experience and has done more spay/neuter surgeries than any other doctor in Seattle. The other members of the surgical team are skilled surgical nurses and licensed veterinary technicians. All of our staff work continually to enhance their skills and update their knowledge. What this means for your pet is a safe, quick surgery with minimal discomfort.

The Clinic is accessible to everyone regardless of income or place of residence.

For those who cannot afford the surgery, the Pet Population Control Fund is available to help cover your costs. You only pay what you can afford. Donations to the Pet Population Control Fund are also accepted. 

Why choose the Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic?

  • We specialize in spay/neuter surgeries, from the very simple to the very complicated. Because we will not be distracted by any walk-in emergencies we will be focused on your pet.
  • Our veterinarians are experienced. This is not training grounds for new surgeons.
  • We have a wide range of anesthetic options and can select the one that is best suited for your pet. 
  • You as well as your pet will be well cared for. Our knowledgeable staff will take as much time as you need to answer your questions and address any concerns.
  • Your cat will be brought back and placed on a fluffy towel while she awaits surgery. If she seems lonesome she can share her cage with a friendly stuffed toy. After surgery she will be nestled in that fluffy towel and kept warm until she wakes up. If she is hungry after her surgery she will get a small snack of nutritional food—warmed to mouse temperature, of course.
  • Your dog will be brought back to his own cage. Small dogs will get their own plush cushion to lay on and perhaps a friendly stuffed toy to lend some courage. If your dog is fearful or anxious you are welcome to remain with him while he has his exam and a pre-anesthetic to calm and relax him. You can even stay until he is actually given his general anesthetic prior to surgery. After surgery he will be covered in blankets, and perhaps given a heated bed buddy, to keep him warm until he wakes up. If he is hungry when he wakes up we have a whole range of tasty treats to appeal to even the most finicky eater.
  • We practice pre-emptive analgesia. Each pet receives pain medication before even feeling any pain. This means fewer drugs and less discomfort for your pet.
  • Each surgery is performed with an individual steam-sterilized surgical pack. Instruments are never reused without steam sterilization and our suture material is the same as used in human surgeries.
  • Our licensed, professional staff closely monitors each pet's vital signs including breathing rate, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and other parameters.