Community Assistance Program

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) provides low cost, high quality spay/neuter surgeries for both cats and dogs.

We are currently NOT accepting applications for dog surgery.  All dog surgeries are on hold until further notice.  This page will be updated as soon as that changes.


Your pet will be provided with high quality care by one of our licensed and skilled veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians.  Our supplies and medications are the same as those available at any other veterinary hospital. All animals are provided with long lasting pain medication that’s administered during surgery , and have the same procedure as they would at a regular hospital.

We are able to keep our prices as low as we do for several reasons:

  • Our clinic is a high quality/high volume clinic – whereas many clinics will do only a few surgeries a day we focus only on spay and neuter services
  • Our organization is a registered charity, which means we save on some taxes that would have to be paid by a private business and are able to pass those savings along to you.
  • Our clinic is non-profit as opposed to a business, where owners rightly expect to make a profit for their work in the business.

Please read this website carefully before booking an appointment for your pet. Be sure to check eligibility criteria.

Services & Eligibility

The HBSPCA Companion Animal Hospital provides spay/neuter surgery for healthy cats and dogs on an appointment basis.  Surgery happens at our onsite Companion Animal Hospital.

Pet owners pre-register for the procedure, pre pay, and bring their pet to the shelter for a pre scheduled  drop off and pick up time

In order for your pet to be eligible for surgery they must meet the following criteria:

  • Pets must be between four months and five years of age.
  • Pets must be within a normal weight range. (weight limit for female dogs is 30kg, weight limit for male dogs is 35kg)
  • Male dogs and cats must have two descended testicles.
  • Pets must not be coughing or sneezing.
  • Pregnant cats can be spayed, but the pregnancy will be terminated at the time of surgery.
  • Female dogs must not be in heat.
  • We strongly recommend that your animal is vaccinated prior to surgery to prevent them contracting a contagious disease.
  • Our program is currently only available to residents of Hamilton/Burlington

What is included/fee schedule

– Spay or Neuter $95
– Complementary Rabies vaccine
– Complementary FVRCP vaccine
– Complementary Microchip
– Complementary dose Revolution
– Complementary E-Collar (Cone) for the girls

DOGS – Available to low income families (proof of OW, ODSP or Pension required)
– Spay $220.00 – $280.00 – Price will vary with weight & age
– Neuter $180.00 – $220.00 – Price will vary with weight
– Complementary Microchip
– Complementary Rabies vaccine
– Complementary E-Collar (cone)

Surgery add ons

  • Canine Wellness Package $30.00
    Can be added on to any canine surgery and includes deworming and a DA2PPv vaccine
  • Heartworm Test: 4DX: $25.00
    Heartworm testing will be available during surgery.  It is important to have your dog tested yearly to ensure they do not have heartworm.  Learn more about heartworm here
  • Prevention:
    Heartworm and flea/tick medication may be purchased for any dog receiving a heartworm test with surgery
  • Blood Work : $84.95
    We now offer a wellness blood work option to all our spay/neuter clients. Blood work is currently being done during surgery and is available for both cats and dogs. By doing the blood work, you will also have the option to purchase further pain management outside of the 24 hours that we already provide. *Please note this is not mandatory and the pain management we provide with surgery is a sufficient amount. We just know some of our furry friends and their owners would appreciate the little extra help.
  • Cat Carriers: $10.00
    If you are in need of a cat carrier to securely transport your feline to and from surgery, we have gently used carriers for sale at reception for $10.00-  while supplies last.  We do not recommend soft carriers.

Booking an appointment

To book an appointment please download the application here The application is fillable online and can be emailed to Once your application has been received you will be contacted to make payment and schedule a surgery date.  Please note that we currently have a wait time of 4-6 weeks for cat appointments and we are NOT accepting new dog applications.  We will update the website once we open back up for dog applications.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a $25 admin fee charged for all refund requests.

Pre-surgical instructions

Pets must be fasted the night before surgery, please remove food at 6pm the night before surgery. Always provide water for your pet.

You will be provided with a check-in time prior to your appointment. It is important that you arrive on-time. We ask that you please arrive at the HBSPCA Companion Animal Hospital with your dog on a leash and your cat in a secure cat carrier.  Please label your carrier with your name and phone number.

Note: If your dog goes into heat in the month leading up to surgery, please call us immediately to rebook your dogs’ spay. Any dogs in heat will not be accepted for surgery.

Male Cats          Drop off at 7:45am and pick up at 2:30pm
Female Cats      Drop off at 8:00am & 8:15am and pick up at 2:45pm & 3:00pm
Dogs                   Drop off at 8am and pick up at 3pm


Post-surgical instructions

You will be provided with a pick-up time prior to your appointment. Upon discharge, you will be provided with post-op instructions. If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call 905 574-7722 ext 410. If there is an emergency after hours, please contact your nearest emergency clinic.

The HBSPCA does NOT offer declawing