The Humane Society of Ventura County operates a low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at its Shelter in Ojai. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (805) 646-6505 or (805) 656-5031.
All food and water should be withheld from the animal beginning at 9 p.m. the night prior to their appointment.
-Animals must be left at the Clinic between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. the day of the appointment. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a secure pet carrier.
-They must be picked up between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Unless prior arrangements are made, animals cannot stay overnight.
Due to social distancing guidelines we have new policies in place for the safety of our clients and staff:
- If you have COVID-19 or have possibly been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please postpone scheduling your pet’s appointment until after the quarantine period.
- If you have any symptoms of illness, please postpone scheduling your pet’s appointment for a minimum of 14 days after your recover.
- Please print out your pet’s surgery admission form ( found below under "Admission Forms & Post-Surgery Instructions") and fill it out prior to your pet’s appointment. Bring this form when dropping off your pet for surgery. If you do not have access to a printer, we will provide you with a form at drop-off.
- Please stay in your car when you arrive for your pet’s appointment. A staff member will come to collect your admission form and pet and answer any questions you may have. If you do not see a staff member within a few minutes of arriving, please honk your horn once.
- It is mandatory that you WEAR A MASK to your pet’s appointment. Please limit the number of people of people in your car to those essential to your pet’s transportation.
- If your dog is nervous or aggressive around strangers, please have your pet muzzled upon arrival. Inform the staff ahead of time so we can make appropriate accommodations.
- We request that you pay with a credit card for your pet’s services. Our staff will call you around 1:00 p.m. to obtain payment information over the phone. Other forms of payment will be accepted.
- Please review your pet’s post-op surgical instructions below. Please review any questions you have with our staff over the phone at the time of payment.
- Please stay in your car and wear a mask when you arrive to pick up your pet. Our staff will bring your pet to your car upon arrival. If you do not see a staff member within a few minutes of arriving, please honk your horn once.
Thank you for your cooperation during this time.
- Male Cats Neutering $40.00
- Female Cats Spaying $50.00
- Dogs 5-25 pounds costs $75
- Dogs 25-50 pounds costs $100
- Dogs 50-80 pounds costs $120
Dogs 80 pounds or over will be on a case by basis. No dogs under 5 pounds.
The truth about spaying and neutering:
- Altered animals are better companions. Because they are less likely to roam in search of a mate and to participate in aggressive behavior, they can live longer, healthier lives.
- Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory.
- Spaying a female dog or cat removes its heat cycle, which eliminates the constant crying and nervous behavior they display for a week to two weeks, as often as two to three times a year.
- Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to bite than unaltered animals.
- Even if you are able to find homes for all of your animal’s offspring, allowing your pet to have babies contributes to the pet overpopulation problem by reducing the number of homes available for animals awaiting adoption in shelters.
- While the Humane Society tries its best to find homes for all animals under its care, the sad fact is that there are not enough homes to go around.
- Altering your pet will not lead to it getting fat. Animals gain weight because they are fed too much and are given too little exercise. Removing the reproductive system eliminates organs that are subject to infections, tumors and cancers.
- Your pet should not be used to teach your children the “miracle of birth,” unless you are also prepared to teach them the “reality of death.” Unwanted animals are killed by the thousands each day throughout the United States, making it a tough lesson to learn, especially for the animals.