Spay/Neuter Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County, MichiganAnimal ShelterSpay/Neuter Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County
Animal Shelter

418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Shelter and Administration Phone: 517.546.2154
Fax: 517.546.0232

Non-emergency Complaints - 517.546.9111
Emergencies - 911

Closed for Lunch weekdays: 1-1:30 pm

Animal Viewing Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
11 am-1 pm., 1:30-5 pm.
11 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm
10 am - 3 pm

All Other Business:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:

8 am-1 pm, 1:30-5 pm
8 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm

Spay/Neuter Frequently Asked Questions

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I need to get my pet spayed or neutered. Is that something that you do at the shelter?,

Yes, if you and your household qualify as low income. The sole purpose of this clinic is to reduce pet overpopulation by making spay/neuter available to low income pet owners. The clinic will NOT provide routine wellness care, treat sick or injured animals, nor perform any other type of surgery. Please visit our Low Income Spay/Neuter Clinic page for more information on this service.

Do you offer TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) programs for feral/wild cats?,

Yes! TNR, (trap, neuter and return) is a humane alternative that helps manage and reduce the numbers of feral/wild cats. Livingston County Animal Shelter offers free use of live traps (they require a $50 refundable deposit) and will spay and neuter these cats for you at an affordable price. Please visit our TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) page for more information about this service.

Can you fix a cat or dog in heat? What about a pregnant dog or cat?,

Yes, we can do both! There are far too many unwanted dogs and cats, and spaying and neutering is so important. We will fix a dog or cat in heat or one that is pregnant. Please do not wait for their “first heat,” it is NOT medically necessary. Spaying or neutering a dog or cat at a young age will NOT affect their health​. 

Cats can have two litters per year, so do not wait to fix a cat!

How old does my puppy or kitten need to be to get spayed or neutered?,

Kittens and puppies need to be at least 8-10 weeks old and weigh 2 pounds or more to be ready for surgery.