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Spay/Neuter Clinic

Mission Campus.

Affordable spay/neuter services provided by our experienced veterinary team that takes pride in quality care.

Appointments Available

Book an appointment online, or call us at (415) 554-3084 to schedule your pet’s care.

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What to Expect

Our spay-neuter service includes the following:

Safe Anesthesia

To minimize stress and ensure smooth recovery. Local anesthetics used when appropriate.

Attention to Recovery

Your pet is closely monitored at all stages. Patients recover in a cushioned, warm environment.

Complimentary Extras

Recover cones, post-operation pain medication, and nail trims are included.

Additional Services

Microchipping, umbilical hernia repair, and surgery for undescended testicles are available at an additional cost.

Check-in Instructions

On the day of your pet’s surgery, please allow 45 to 60 minutes for the drop-off and registration process, which includes a veterinary exam for which you must be present. The veterinarian will review your pet’s medical history and address any questions or concerns you have about the procedure. Please alert us if your pet has any medical conditions or if she/he is currently on any medication.

Cats are admitted between 7:30am and 8:00am.

For your cat’s safety, she/he MUST be confined to a carrier or crate. Let us know if you need a carrier.

Dogs are admitted between 8:00am and 8:30am.

Dogs must be on a leash. Walk your dog in the morning before admission to encourage elimination.

Pickup Information ​​​

Release time for all animals is 5:00pm. Please allow 30 to 45 minutes so that our staff can review important post-operative home care with you. We do not board patients at the spay/neuter clinic. Extra fees might be applied if additional care or special handling is required.

Fees & Payment

All fees must be paid at the time of check-in. The estimated cost of your pet’s surgery is based on information provided at the time surgery was scheduled. To be eligible for our sliding scale, you must provide proof of income at admission. We accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express as well as CareCredit.

San Francisco SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic cat cancellation policy

Cancellation Policy​​

48 hours’ notice is required if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Cancellations and rescheduling requests are not accepted via email. You might be charged a fee of $50 for a missed appointment. Call (415) 554-3084  Tue–Sat from 8am–6pm to cancel. 

Meet Our Doctors

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San Francisco SPCA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jena Valdez with cat

Jena Valdez, DVM Chief Medical Officer
Colorado State Universitiy

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jena Valdez oversees our most innovative and impactful veterinary care programs, which are designed to offer quality, compassionate care to shelter animals and affordable, non-judgmental veterinary care to clients and their pets.

In addition to overseeing veterinary services at the SF SPCA, Dr. Valdez pioneered the launch of the Community Veterinary Clinic, a first-of-its-kind, preventative care center in San Francisco’s Excelsior district (a longstanding veterinary-resource desert). She is also working to export the scalable Community Clinic model to under-resourced communities throughout California.

A graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Valdez has extensive experience in private practice, sheltering, and high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter services. She’s a nationally recognized advocate for increasing access to veterinary care and increasing diversity within the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare.

Dr. Valdez shares her San Francisco home with her husband, their ball-obsessed Dachshund mix, and a regal brown tabby.

San Francisco SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Shirley Chan

Shirley Chan, DVM Community Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences

When I was five years old, I was playing outside and saw a wounded pigeon in the street. I picked it up and tried to bring it home, but my mom had me take it back outside. I put the pigeon down and never saw it again. I regretted not caring for the bird, and from that day, I vowed to be a voice for animals and to advocate for them in their times of need.

San Francisco SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Glass

Melanie Glass, DVM Community Medicine
Tufts University

Some of the most rewarding parts of my work as a veterinarian are advocating for my patients and finding medical solutions that make practical sense for each family. This can be a challenging field, so sharing perspectives and knowledge with other vets while fostering a supportive environment enriches my experience. And it’s gratifying to know we’re working together for the shared goal of advancing animal welfare.

San Francisco SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Julie Lowe

Julie Lowe, DVM Community Medicine

After graduating, my decision to work at the SF SPCA was a natural one for me. The sense of community within the organization is palpable, and I was drawn to the wealth of experience among the staff. Our collaborative approach to medicine ensures that each case benefits from multiple perspectives, enriching the care we provide. The variety of medicine is another aspect I cherish about working here. From urgent care in the main hospital to performing surgeries at our spay/neuter clinic, every day presents new challenges and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of pets.  

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Lindsey Meyer, DVM Community Medicine
University of Wisconsin–Madison

What I enjoy most about being a veterinarian is being able to interact daily with so many different animal patients. My days are never the same. In addition, I love working at a hospital where the goal is to support families and their pets, no matter their socioeconomic status, and to provide access to care for all animals in the San Francisco area.

San Francisco SPCA Verterinarian Andrea Montano Hernandez

Andrea Montaño Hernandez, MVZ Community Medicine
National Autonomous University of Mexico

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Sheryl Owyang

Sheryl Owyang, DVM Community Medicine
University of California, Davis

Even though I’ve been practicing veterinary medicine since 1993, I still enjoy being with, observing, and working with animals and wildlife. I love drawing on my own personal and work experiences to connect with our clients and have a positive impact on people and their pets. 

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Divya Ravichandran

Divya Ravichandran, DVM Community Medicine

Growing up in my babysitter's house in suburban San Mateo, I was immersed in a world of caring for animals, ranging from chickens to rabbits to dogs and cats. This experience solidified my desire to become a veterinarian, as I witnessed firsthand the incredible bond between animals and their human companions.  

My experience both locally and internationally in India has shown me the importance of shelter medicine and population control. Performing surgeries that can prevent overpopulation and improve animals’ health and well-being is incredibly rewarding. I’m also passionate about access to veterinary care, and I’m thrilled to work at the SF SPCA, where we strive to make veterinary experiences positive and fear-free for both animals and their owners despite income level.  

I’m proud to be part of a team that is committed to delivering exceptional veterinary care and making a positive impact on the lives of animals and their families in the community.  

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Marissa Woodall-Johnson

Marissa Woodall-Johnson, DVM Community Medicine
University of California, Davis

I love working with animals on a daily basis, and I enjoy teaching their people how to keep them healthy and prevent future medical problems. I love the detective work of solving a mystery and learning new surgeries and techniques to help clients who might not be able to afford specialty-level care. I’m also excited to support healthy communities by teaching a new generation of veterinarians to provide compassionate care for all animals.