Working together, we can end pet overpopulation in Virginia

Spay Virginia is a project of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.  Our goal is to work with shelters, local governments, rescue groups and private veterinarians to provide pet owners and caregivers in Virginia with access to convenient and affordable spay/neuter services. By spaying or neutering your pet, you may be giving your pet the gift of a healthier and happier life AND you will be preventing unwanted and unplanned litters of puppies and kittens from being added to the hundreds of dogs and cats already in Virginia shelters.

What is Spaying/Neutering? 

Spaying or neutering is also called “sterilization,” and sometimes is referred to as “fixing” your pet. When a female dog or cat is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. When a male dog or cat is neutered, his testicles are removed. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. Your pet may need to stay at the veterinarian’s office overnight, or may be able to come home the same day.

Spaying and neutering are routine and permanent procedures that reduce unwanted behavior in your pets and reduce or eliminate the risk of certain often fatal diseases – which makes both you and your pet happier.

Spaying or neutering your pet will also ensure that your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by producing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens.


SpayVA Spay/Neuter Grant Program

The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, SpayVA program is announcing a change to its annual conference grant process. In years past, we have provided grant monies to all requesting members who were in attendance at the conference through a double-blind draw process.  Starting in 2017, applications will be reviewed by VFHS and a minimum of 5 grants will be awarded on the basis of greatest impact, ability to conduct services, and overall need. Please click this link for more info on how to apply:

Spay/Neuter Grant Program


We are happy to report that in 2017, $15,000 was awarded to 15 member organizations and over 440 animals were spayed/neutered as a result.


SpayVA Newsletter 2017


A huge thank you goes out to Tito's Handmade Vodka and Breakthru Beverage for partnering with SpayVA and for providing $5,000 in grant funds awarded at our 2017 conference to local rescues and animal shelters for spaying/neutering services.


As part of our 2018 Spay/Neuter Grant Program, the incredible folks at Tito's Vodka generously matched all donations up to $10,000.  We are tremendously grateful for Tito's continued support over the past 3 years.  #VodkaForDogPeople

Titos 2018