Tally Spay – Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
5021 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
All surgery is by appointment only.

Tally Spay follows the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance’s “Gold Standard” training and standards to ensure your pets receive the best possible care.

Make your appointment online. Tally Spay accepts dogs and cats from Tallahassee and surrounding areas, by appointment, for same-day, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The aim of Tally Spay is to perform a high volume of sterilization surgeries to reduce the number of intakes at the animal shelter and reduce the number of unwanted animals in the community. We are a non-profit organization subsidized through low-cost surgery fees, specific grants, and the generosity of our donors.

Cats: Fees & Services

Female Cat – $60
Male Cat – $55
All appointments require pre-payment.

All surgery prices include a pre-surgical exam with the veterinarian and pain medication. Certain other charges may apply due to the animal’s medical condition. All prices are subject to revision.

Required – Proof of current rabies vaccination in the form of a certificate from the administering veterinarian. (Tags alone are not acceptable forms of proof.)

Vaccines/Testing
(ONLY at time of surgery)
Rabies Vaccine (if required) – $10
FVRCPC Vaccine (Feline Distemper) – $10
FeLV/FIV Combo Test – $16

Additional Services
(ONLY at time of surgery)
Nail Trim (under sedation) – $5
Microchip – $10
E-Collar (Cone Collar) – $5
Cardboard Cat Carrier – $5
Ear Tip – (Included for feral cats)
Capstar (if needed for fleas) – $5

Dogs: Fees & Services

Female Dog – $80
Male Dog – $70
All appointments require pre-payment.

All surgery prices include a pre-surgical exam with the veterinarian and pain medication. Certain other charges may apply due to the animal’s medical condition. All prices are subject to revision.

Required – Proof of current rabies vaccination in the form of a certificate from the administering veterinarian. (Tags alone are not acceptable forms of proof.) 

Vaccines/Testing

(ONLY at time of surgery)
Rabies Vaccine (if required) – $10
DHPP Vaccine (Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, ParaInfluenza)
​ – $10
Bordetella Vaccine (Kennel Cough)
 – $12
Heartworm Test – $10

Additional Services
(ONLY at time of surgery)
Nail Trim (under sedation) – $5
Microchip – $10
E-Collar (Cone Collar) – $5
Capstar (if needed for fleas)
 – $5

Ask us about deworming and prescription flea/tick/heartworm prevention available for all surgical patients.

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Contact us if you are a rescue group for volume discounts.

Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Services

Appointments for surgery are available Monday – Thursday. All appointments require pre-payment.

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Before & After Surgery

Before Surgery

1. Check-In Information

Check-in time is from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. We do not accept late arrivals. When you arrive, please leave your pet in the car and come inside to complete the required paperwork and payment. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier (one per carrier).

If your dog is not good-natured around other dogs, cats, or people a muzzle may be required.

2. Rabies Vaccination Required
Florida law requires a current rabies vaccination for your pet. A valid rabies certificate is required. (A rabies tag is not sufficient proof.) If no certificate is available, we are required to administer one at the time of surgery.

Our veterinarian recommends that pets are fully vaccinated against infectious diseases (distemper, parvo, and upper respiratory diseases) prior to their surgery appointment.

3. General Health Info
Each animal will receive a pre-operative physical exam to make sure that they are a good candidate for surgery.

If your pet is too fractious to handle or if it is a feral cat, a physical exam will be done under anesthesia.

If the animal has a lot of fleas, it will be given a Capstar® pill that kills fleas within 30 min. and lasts 24 hours. There will be a $5 charge for this and you will be notified if you need to pay any additional fees at the time of pick up.

If your pet shows any sign of illness or there are any concerns (such as age, heart murmur, severe upper respiratory infection, obesity, food in stomach) we may refuse surgery if we feel it is a health risk to the animal.

4. 48 Hrs. Prior to Surgery
DO NOT give any medications by mouth or topically two days before surgery unless approved by our veterinarian. This includes heartworm and flea prevention. If your pet is on any special medication, please let Tally Spay know when you bring in your pet.
5. Keep Your Pet Indoors the Night Before Surgery
Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which puts them at risk of aspiration during and after their surgery.
6. No Food After Midnight
Adult animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at midnight. Animals four months or younger may have food until 6:00 am, though all pets can have water up until the time of their appointment.
7. Transporting Your Pets
All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. Only one cat per carrier; if there is more than one cat in a carrier you will be prompted to purchase a cardboard carrier for $5.00.

You may line the carrier with newspaper or a small towel. Remove any collars, toys, and dishes from the carrier.

Walk your dog before bringing them to the clinic.

If your dog is not good-natured around other dogs, cats, or people a muzzle may be required.

After Surgery

1. Limit Activity
Some animals are active after surgery, while others remain quiet for a while. Either way, it is very important that you limit your pet’s movements during the 7–10 day recovery period.

Strenuous activity, such as running, jumping, or playing puts stress on the incision and may cause it to open or develop painful irritation.

2. Maintain Regular Diet
Your pet may have half of their normal meal at 8pm or later. Their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours.

Do not change your pet’s diet at this time (no junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other “people food” for seven days.) Changes in their diet could hide post-surgical complications.

Although patients’ reactions to surgery can vary, lethargy (lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery), diarrhea, or vomiting are NOT normal, and you should contact us immediately if these occur.

3. Keep the Incision Dry
Dogs and female cats have internal sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal; these will dissolve after approximately four months. You do not have to come in to have them removed. Surgical glue has also been applied to close the external incision. Male cats do not have any sutures. Their incisions are left slightly open so they may drain, so a small amount of blood tinged drainage is normal. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7–10 days to have those removed.

Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period, or apply topical ointment to the incision site—the surgical glue on the incision will dissolve too quickly if it becomes wet.

Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm, although dogs can be walked on a leash to go to the toilet.

4. Check the Incision Twice Daily
Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision just above or on the scrotum, and male cats have two incisions, one on each side of the scrotum.

Check these incision sites at least twice daily. What you see when we discharge your pet is what we consider normal unless we tell you otherwise. There should be no drainage, and redness and swelling should be minimal. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles; this is normal, and the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period.

Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. We recommend that all pets go home with an e-collar, which prevents them from reaching the incision. They are available for $5 here. You can also purchase Bitter Apple or Bitter Orange spray from the pet store to deter licking and chewing (place your finger over the incision and spray around the area – do not spray directly onto the incision—it will sting!). If your pet is allowed to lick, chew or scratch their incision, it may open up and cause potentially serious complications. Keeping them from doing this is perhaps the most important thing you will do to keep them safe.

5. Monitor Pain Levels
Our veterinarians employ a multi-modal pain management protocol—this means that different pain medications are administered before, during, and after surgery.

If your pet appears to be in pain after getting home, please call our clinic so that our staff can assess whether or not your pet needs to be examined.

6. Keep In-Heat Females Away from Males
If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep her away from un-neutered males for at least two weeks. While she is now unable to become pregnant, she will still attract intact males for a short period of time. If a male dog attempts to breed a female at this point, it can cause her serious, possibly life-threatening, damage.
7. Watch for Complications
Spaying and neutering are both very safe surgeries; however, as with all surgery, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days, but if they persist longer, please contact us.

You should also contact us immediately if you notice any of the following: pale gums, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, discharge or bleeding from the incision, difficulty urinating, or abored breathing.

Tally Spay will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any postoperative complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions have been followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern.

We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or from contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.

8. Call if You are Concerned

If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call us at (850) 692-3425.

If it is an emergency, contact your regular veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic.

About the Surgery

What is Spay/Neuter Surgery?

In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which renders them sterile. In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, rendering them sterile.

Our patients are completely asleep during surgery, unable to feel any discomfort. They are given an injection which will manage their pain for 24 hours. They should not need anything else as long as they leave their incision alone.

 

When to Spay/Neuter your pet

For dogs: Puppies as young as eight weeks old can be neutered as long as they’re healthy. Dogs can be neutered as adults as well, although there’s a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs, dogs that are overweight or dogs that have health problems.

For cats: It is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old (and 2 lbs. in weight) to be spayed or neutered. It’s possible to spay a female cat while she’s in heat.

Spay/Neuter Tattoo
Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have been sterilized.

Location

Tally Spay is located at:
5021 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
Telephone: (850) 692-3425

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ABOUT the Animal Shelter Foundation

The Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation, founded in 2007, is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to support the animals in the care of Tallahassee Animal Service Center (TASC), more commonly known as the Animal Shelter at Tom Brown Park. ASF provides resources to the TASC to help more homeless animals find loving forever homes, supports community-wide spay/neuter efforts to help decrease unwanted animals that end up in the shelter and promotes kindness, respect and responsible pet ownership for our furry friends.

The Animal Shelter Foundation is moving our community toward more responsible pet ownership, and we are grateful for the hundreds of individuals, families and businesses that partner with and support ASF to make this possible.

Reasons to Spay/Neuter

*from ASPCA’s Spay/Neuter Your Pet

At Tally Spay, we understand the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. That’s why we offer lower cost spay and neuter services to the public to help ensure optimal health benefits for its pets and that there are enough homes for all pets.
1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Prevents testicular cancer
Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
3. Females won't go into heat
Your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
4. Less roaming for mates
Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
5. Better behavior
Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.
6. Reduces unwanted puppies and kittens
Did you know that, everyday, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. More than 60% of them are unwanted and will be abandoned, often brought to a shelter or rescue organization.

Tally Spay wishes to play an important role in reducing the number of homeless animals born by offering low cost surgery to spay or neuter pets.

Ways to Donate

Buy a Tile, Leave a Legacy

Buy a tile and leave a legacy!

The tiles from this initiative will be placed front and center in the reception area at Tally Spay. Purchasing a tile is a fabulous way to honor and memorialize loved ones, pets, and anyone special in your life! Reserve your tile today!

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Contribute to our Amazon Wish List

Our wish list includes many everyday items and specialty items that are key to keeping the clinic running smoothly. Amazon Wish List makes it easy to order and be delivered directly to Tally Spay. Visit our wish list and order today!

Special Requests

Special Items Wish List

Current special request items needed:
• Towels, sheets
• Laundry detergent
• Newspaper
• Used Crockpot
Email us to donate! Pickup for bulky items is available.

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ASF Donations

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