PLANNED PetHood Fees


Base Price: Spay or Neuter* (as of July 1, 2017)

Dog $190  
Cat $25  
Rabbit $75  
Special Discount Program!
Approximately 33% of dogs that enter the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter locations are either Pit Bulls or Chihuahuas. Our “special” price for spay/neuter for these animals reflects our commitment to their welfare and the welfare of our community.
Which animals qualify as a Pit Bull or a Chihuahua is at staff’s discretion. Please bring your pet, or a clear picture of your pet, when you make the appointment for their surgery.
*Animals over 100 lbs., in heat, pregnant or cryptorchid – add $25. Animals determined obese by veterinarian add  $50. Animals over 7 years of age are required to receive a blood panel for an additional $55.  Late drop-off fee (more than 20 minutes) is $20. Reschedule fee for missed appointments is $25.

Fees for Additional Required Services

Microchip ID including registration $10  
License for altered dog $29  
Rabies vaccination (dogs and cats) $10  
These fee rates above are available to any resident of Santa Cruz County who chooses to use our PLANNED PetHood program.

Planned Pethod Spay/Neuter for Limited Income*

Dog $50  
Cat $10  
Rabbit $50  
*Limited income eligibility determined through proof of receipt of government assistance** OR through a year-to-date pay stub or W2 tax form that proves the following:
1 person  household—maximum of $35,350 annual income
2 person household—maximum of $40,350 annual income
3 person household—maximum of $45,400 annual income
4 person household—maximum of $50,400 annual income
**Some examples of documents include: Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps, Major VA Disability, Medicaid, Social Security Disability (SSD), etc.