Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Are you a community cat caretaker scheduling an appointment for TNR? Read this first before scheduling. If you have 5 or more cats, email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Maui Humane Society offers high quality spay/neuter surgeries which are currently subsidized by grants so they can be offered to the community at a highly affordable rate. Our current rates are: $150 for dog spays*; $100 for dog neuters*; and $65 for cats, which also includes microchip costs. (*Additional fees may apply). Vaccine administration is also available for a small fee. As of January 1, 2022, Hawaii law dictates that it is mandatory for all cats & dogs to receive a microchip which is done at the time of surgery.

Maui Humane Society provides free spay/neuter and microchip implantation for healthy, un-owned feral and community cats. Traps for this program can be loaned free of charge with a refundable deposit. All community cats will be tipped and microchipped at the time of surgery.


What is Spay/Neuter?

Both spay and neuter procedures are common surgeries that are performed by your veterinarian while your pet is under anesthesia. Animals are spayed (female) and neutered (male) by surgically removing their reproductive organs. Depending on your pet’s age, size, and health, full recovery takes anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Spaying and neutering has both health and behavioral advantages for your pet. It lowers the risk of developing several types of cancers and your pet will be calmer and less prone to unwanted behaviors.

Spaying and neutering is also a pro-active solution to the community problem of pet overpopulation. By preventing litters, you are doing your part to reduce the number of homeless pets on Maui.

Spaying and Neutering benefits you.

The cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery is less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. Your pet will feel less compelled to roam, fight and mark its territory. Not only that, but your pet will be less distracted by trying to mate, and more attentive to their human families.

Spaying and neutering does more than improve your quality of life and the life of your pet. It improves your community and saves lives.

The Truth About Spay/Neuter

Here are some common misconceptions about this humane procedure:

Myth: My pet should have at least one litter before being spayed.

FACT: There is no medical basis for this claim. Actually, evidence indicates just the opposite! Research indicates that pets spayed and neutered before puberty typically live longer, healthier lives.

Myth: Neutering my pet will make him less of a male.

FACT: Neutering won’t affect your pet’s working abilities, friendliness or playfulness. It WILL reduce testosterone-associated behaviors like urine-marking, roaming, excessive aggression, and inappropriate mounting.

Myth: Spaying or neutering will make my pet fat and lazy.

FACT: Lack of exercise and over-feeding is what causes pets to pack on pounds. Provide exercise and monitor food intake and your pet will remain fit and trim.

Myth: I don't need to neuter my male because he isn't the one having litters.

FACT: It takes two to tango!