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Affordable Pet Care Services in Northern Nevada

There are multiple organizations in northern Nevada committed to helping families care for their beloved pets. Whether you are seeking affordable spay and neuter services, affordable vaccine and microchip clinics, behavioral support, or financial assistance for veterinary care, these services can help you give your pet the care they deserve!

Affordable Spay & Neuter Services 

The SPCA of Northern Nevada Spay & Neuter Program

Spay and neuter appointments can be booked at 9 am. on the first and third Thursday of every month. Appointments fill fast so be sure to log on early!

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Options Veterinary Clinic Spay and Neuter Services

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per dog and $35 per cat is due at the time of scheduling all new client spay/neuter appointments. Call 775-499-3700 to make an appointment.

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Affordable Vaccine and Microchip Services

The SPCA of Northern Nevada Vaccine and Microchip Clinic

The SPCA-NN holds an affordable vaccine and microchip clinic from 10 am to 2 pm Sat-Sun, and 4 to 6 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month. 

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Nevada Humane Society Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic

Nevada Humane Society offers a low-cost vaccine clinic for your pet by appointment only at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. To schedule your appointment, please call 775-856-2000 x333.

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Washoe County Regional Animal Services Vaccine Clinic

WCRAS offers an affordable vaccination clinic on the first Tuesday of every month by appointment.

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Options Veterinary Clinic Spay and Neuter Services

Options offers affordable microchip and vaccinations. Call 775-499-3700 to make an appointment.

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Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

The SPCA of Northern Nevada Veterinary and End-of-Life Care Assistance

Qualifying residents of Washoe County can apply for financial assistance for acute, non-recurring veterinary care.  Click here to learn more and see if you qualify.

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Pet Food Assistance

Nevada Humane Society Pet Food Assistance

Nevada Humane Society offers pet food assistance Sundays & Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm at their Reno and Carson City shelters.

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Washoe County Regional Animal Services partners with Nevada Humane Society to deliver free pet food to seniors for their pets at Senior Services, 1155 E. 9th St, Reno, NV 89512.  Distribution is the third Tuesday of every month from 8:00am until 10:00am or while supplies last. Seniors are 60+ and must have a local ID.

Pet Education & Resources

The SPCA of Northern Nevada Pet Education & Resources Hub offers resources, tips, and information about pet guardianship and animal advocacy.

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The SPCA of Northern Nevada Pet Help Line offers free advice on pet care and more. Call (775) 324-7773 Ext. 200. Pet Help Line hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Please leave a message and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

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Jackie's Community Cats

Trap, Neuter, Return for Community Cats

Thanks to a generous gift provided to us by Jackie, the SPCA of Northern Nevada has partnered with Options Veterinary Care to provide Jackie’s Community Cats, a Trap, Neuter, Return program, to northern Nevada communities.

About Jackie's Community Cats

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is a humane program aimed at helping our community to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and care for unowned community cats.
We will be offering trap rentals to approved community volunteers and colony caretakers. SPCA of Northern Nevada will pay for approved expenses including vaccination, sterilization, and receiving an ear tip to signify that they have undergone sterilization surgery. These services will be done by our veterinary clinic partner Options Veterinary Care.
We will instruct you on how to bring your approved cats in for surgery and assist you with scheduling once you fill out the form below.
By trapping, altering, and returning cats to their homes, community volunteers and colony caretakers will help stabilize cat populations, educate caretakers, and address community concerns regarding local cat populations.

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Why TNR?

– To avoid inhumane practices such as culling cats (eliminating the population altogether by euthanizing the cats) which has been proven ineffective.

– Cats can live in harmony with the community, but it is our responsibility to keep the homeless pet population at a minimum.

Learn about Trap, Neuter, ReturnNeighborhood Cats FAQ

Saves Tax Dollars

TNR saves tax dollars! Most community TNR programs, like ours, are funded by donations, not taxes.

Cats Live Longer, Healthier Lives

Free-roaming cat populations managed by a TNR program experience 31% less preventable deaths than unmanaged populations.

How it Works:

– Members from the public seeking to neuter, and return cats to established colonies can rent traps from us for a hold deposit of $25 per trap, which will be refunded upon return of trap.

– Persons who rent our traps will be given supplies and detailed instruction on trapping.

– Trappers will bring cats to Options Veterinary Care for services. Cats are provided with vaccinations, health checks, spay/neuter surgery, ear tips, and other necessary treatment.

– SPCA-NN team members will offer guidance to community members on trapping and living with community cats.

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Setting a trap

Program participants: please watch this instructional video to guide you in setting traps for the cats.

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Pet Education & Resources

A virtual classroom for animal lovers!

Our virtual Pet Education & Resources Hub is full of fun resources, tips, and insightful information so you can be the best pet guardian and animal advocate possible! Learn how dogs and cats communicate with body language, how to prevent bites, pet safety, and much more. Test your knowledge with our pop quizzes, crossword puzzle, and word search. Try your hand at making homemade pet toys, treats, and kids’ activities. When you’re done, you’ll feel empowered to make the world a better place for animals and people! Thank you for embarking on an educational journey with us–our world needs more heroes like you!

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Todd's Medical Fund

Community Veterinary and End-of-Life Care Assistance

SPCA of Northern Nevada (SPCA-NN) is here to help keep pets with their families and out of the sheltering system. Todd’s Medical Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying people who can’t otherwise afford necessary veterinary services so pets can get the care they deserve.

Todd’s Medical Fund only covers acute (non-reoccurring) necessary medical procedures (e.g., surgery, nonprophylactic dental procedures, lacerations (cuts), foreign body obstructions, etc).

SPCA-NN does not have its own full-service veterinary hospital, nor do we provide emergency, after hours or weekend care. This medical fund is not intended for, nor do we have the ability to provide financial aid during an active medical emergency that requires immediate care. (Please see Other Financial-Aid Services at the bottom of this page for resources that may be of assistance under emergency circumstances.)

If your pet is in an active medical emergency that requires immediate care, please contact your local emergency vet clinic (e.g., SVS or AESC).

Please Note

You cannot delay the appropriate and necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application for Todd’s Medical Fund assistance. You must be able to pay for care to stabilize your pet while the grant application is processed.

Do You Qualify?

  1. You (the pet owner) must be a permanent resident of northern Nevada, which includes the following counties: Washoe, Humboldt, Elko, Pershing, Lander, Eureka, White Pine, Storey, Lyon, Churchill, Douglas, Mineral, Nevada, and northern Nye. Also included is Lassen County, California.
  2. You must demonstrate financial need and fill out an application. Your  household income must be at or below $52,000 total household income (all household salaries combined).
  3. You must be applying for either an eligible medical procedure (explained above) or humane euthanasia (either vet recommended or end-of-life care).
  4. You must provide a written estimate of costs from the treating veterinarian as part of your application (not required for humane euthanasia requests).
  5. You must be able to afford a co-pay of at least 20% of the veterinarian estimate. (If you can’t, please see the additional resources available below on this page.)
  6. Your application must first be approved so SPCA-NN can communicate directly with the veterinarian providing the care. (This can take up to 48 hours.)


  1. Grant size varies based on required services, a sliding scale of need, and funds available. In general, the following guidelines are followed (based on available funding): up to 80% of the final bill may be awarded, including required follow-up care (as determined by SPCA-NN management in partnership with the treating veterinarian).

2. Grants may be awarded based upon several factors, including:

    • Eligibility;
    • Medical urgency;
    • Financial need; and/or
    • Available funding.

Grants will not cover:

    • Care for an elderly pet with a poor or terminal prognosis (However, Todd’s Medical Fund does cover end-of-life care: humane euthanasia and communal cremation. For at-home services, please schedule with our partner Rover Veterinary Care.)
    • Spay/neuter surgeries (click for our SNYPS webpage);
    • Routine vaccinations (click for our Vaccines webpage);
    • Cosmetic procedures;
    • Any procedure not medically necessary;
    • Acupuncture;
    • Chemotherapy;
    • Laser therapy; or
    • Procedures SPCA-NN management determines is not medically necessary.

(Please understand that while many of these procedures are beneficial to pets, they do not fall within the parameters of Todd’s Medical Fund.)

Each recipient will be provided information on pet insurance plans and is strongly encouraged to sign up for a plan once they are able to pay the monthly premiums.

Todd’s Medical Fund does cover end-of-life care: humane euthanasia and communal cremation. For at-home services, please schedule with our partner Rover Veterinary Care.

All cremation services are solely provided by West Coast Pet Memorial If the client wants private cremation so they can have the ashes, or a paw print, then they are solely responsible for those additional costs.

How to apply

  • The pet must have an injury or illness that requires care in the immediate future with a prognosis indicating a positive recovery after treatment. Please note that we cannot cover care for a senior pet with a poor or terminal prognosis.
  • The pet guardian must provide documentation of the initial evaluation, treatment plan, and cost estimate from your veterinarian. 
  • The owner must demonstrate financial need by filling out an application. Your household income must be at or below the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) definition of low income limits. (For example, in Washoe County that is roughly $52,000 total household income.)
  • If requested, you must provide documentation including proof of residency (DL, State ID, or utility bill), household income (tax return, social security statement) and proof that you are the pet’s guardian.
  • The veterinarian or veterinary clinic must agree to accept a verbal financial pledge from SPCA-NN and directly invoice SPCA-NN for our agreed to portion of the final bill when the procedure or treatment is completed.
  • Once the pet guardian’s application and veterinary care estimate (and other documentation if requested) are received, SPCA-NN will determine the level of support we can provide.
  • We aim for review within 72 hours of receipt of a completed application. In urgent cases we will try to expedite review.

  • We will do our best to notify you within 72 hours of receiving the required application and documentation.
  • If approved, SPCA-NN will notify the treating veterinarian and make arrangements for payment directly to them. Please understand that we will only make payments directly to the treating veterinarian. We will not pay the pet guardian directly under any circumstances.
  • All pets must be spayed or neutered. If this is not yet done, you must agree to work with SPCA-NN to coordinate altering your pet as soon as possible, unless the veterinarian deems it medically unsafe (supportive documentation must be provided upon request).
  • All applications will be reviewed without bias or consideration of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • The pet’s guardian must also grant SPCA-NN permission to use pictures of your pet and a summary of the pet’s care for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.

Support will typically be limited to 80% of the estimated costs depending on circumstances and will be determined within SPCA-NN management’s discretion. This is a one-time process and once an individual has been approved for funding, they will not be eligible to apply for funding again.

*Funding for this program is limited and may not always be available.

Unfortunately, we do not currently have funding available for this program. We are working hard to raise more money for this vital community program. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, please review additional resources listed below for financial help for veterinarian services. Please note that financial assistance with end-of-life care (i.e., humane euthanasia) through our at-home euthanasia veterinarian partner is still available (click on the button below).



Other Financial-Aid Resources

Care Credit – Care Credit is a credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. They offer a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, offering plans and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.

ScratchPay – ScratchPay provides pet parents with simple, transparent payment plans.

Speaking for Spot Financial Assistance – Speaking for Spot offers a robust list of organizations that offer financial assistance (categorized by region, etc).

The Pet Fund  – The Pet Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance with veterinary care. 

Red Rover – RedRover provides financial assistance, resources and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets.

GoFundMe (crowd funding) – GoFundMe is a fundraising platform that allows people to raise money for life events. (crowd funding) – Waggle is a pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with veterinary providers, nonprofits and pet guardians to reduce economic euthanasia in pets.

*The inclusion of services, organizations or programs listed above is not an endorsement or recommendation. It is the pet guardian’s responsibility to make their own assessment.

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