Foothills Animal Shelter provides affordable spay and neuter procedures for pets in an effort to offer this quality service for our community’s pets, to contribute to the overall health of pets, and to to reduce pet overpopulation. We do not provide any other or additional veterinary services to public pets.

Why should you spay/neuter your pets? To keep your pets safe, happy, and healthy! This procedure helps prevent certain cancers and avoids the high cost of caring for litters. It can help prevent bad behavior like running away from home to look for a mate, marking or spraying indoors and some aggression issues. Spaying a female animal can reduce the risk of breast tumors and uterine infections. Neutering your male companion animal prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Spaying and neutering your pets is associated with longer, happier lives in general.

Your Pet’s Age and Vaccination History

  • Animals must be a minimum of 8 weeks (2 months) and no older than 8 years of age to be eligible for spay or neuter surgery.
  • We highly recommend that puppies and kittens (4 – 6 months of age) are fully vaccinated for Distemper and Parvo prior to surgery. However, if your puppy or kitten still needs its third series of vaccines, we can give these at the time of surgery for a fee. Please bring your pet’s vaccination records with you at time of drop-off.
  • We also highly recommend your adult animal be vaccinated prior to surgery. We can give vaccinations at the time of surgery for a fee. Please bring your pet’s vaccination records with you at time of drop-off.

Your Pet’s Health

  • We are designed to accept healthy animals for surgeries. If your pet has any underlying health problems, the surgery should be performed at a full-service vet clinic.
  • We consider dogs and cats eight years and old to be senior or geriatric. Although most older dogs and cats can undergo a routine spay or neuter procedure safely, it is important to understand that with age, the risks of any surgical procedure may increase. Additionally, dogs and cats over the age of eight years old may have an increased risk for diseases that may add increased risk to surgery. We encourage you to consult with your veterinarian to conduct a senior pet wellness and health exam to determine if your pet’s health is in ideal condition and that surgery is a proper course of treatment moving forward. Foothills Animal Shelter does not offer health exams or diagnostic services to public pets prior to the spay or neuter surgery, regardless of the animal’s age.
  • If your pet has been sick lately, it is better to reschedule the appointment than to have the surgery.
  • If your pet is currently presenting with symptoms of illness or has been diagnosed with a contagious disease, please do not bring them to the Shelter. Instead, please visit your regular veterinarian.

Schedule An Appointment

Foothills Animal Shelter offers public spay and neuter services Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (with the exception of the first Saturday of each month).

Call 303-278-7575 to schedule your pet’s appointment.


  • Male dog: $85
  • Male dog over 65 pounds: $150
  • Female dog: $115
  • Female dog over 65 pounds: $150
  • All cats: $50
  • Important Instructions

    • If your pet is an ADULT DOG or CAT, no food can be given after 10 pm the night before surgery.
    • If your pet is a PUPPY or a KITTEN, no food can be given after 6 am the morning of surgery.
    • Pets of any age may have water up until 7 am the morning of surgery.
    • You will need to drop off your pet between 7:15 – 7:45 am. If you arrive past 7:45 am, you will be required to reschedule your appointment for another day. You can enter through the “Pet Services” door just past our main doors.
    • Pets who are considered more difficult to handle may require the assistance of owner at drop off, or may be charged an additional fee for handling/sedation. Please let us know if you may anticipate this and it will help us to make your pet more comfortable.
    • Pets will go home the same day between 4 – 4:30 pm.
    • Your total fee is due when you drop off your pet.
    • Please have your ID available at that time as well.

Other Resources

See below for other spay/neuter other options in the community:

Dumb Friends League 303-751-5772
Feline Fix 303-202-3516
Spay Today 303-984-7729

For even more community spay/neuter options, click here.