The York County SPCA Reopens High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
One of the biggest negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the York County SPCA is the increase in kittens born because caretakers were unable to have free-roaming cats spayed or neutered.
As many in our community are aware, the York County SPCA was required to close our high volume spay/neuter clinic in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information from both the CDC and state and national veterinary medical organizations at that time was clear and direct, that elective spay/neuter surgeries must be temporarily suspended, both to conserve Personal Protective Equipment and prevent spread of COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association has since revised their statement, now allowing veterinarians to use their professional judgement to resume these elective procedures, while still adhering to state policies and recommendations regarding social distancing.
The York County SPCA is delighted to announce that the spay/neuter clinic will be reopening with modified safety protocols on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. This decision has been made after careful consideration by the leadership team at the SPCA, and by consulting recommendations from the CDC, the AVMA, and shelter medicine experts. In order to safely resume our services, several modifications to our scheduling, intake, and discharge procedures have been made.
A key tenet of our organization’s mission is to help control animal population growth. One of the biggest negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the York County SPCA is the increase in kittens born because caretakers were unable to have free-roaming cats spayed or neutered at our facility. For this reason, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services will be given scheduling priority, to prevent pregnancy and new litters in our community cat population. We are so appreciative of the dedicated members of our community who have been patiently waiting to resume their important TNR work. We will also give scheduling priority to those clients with a pet who may be pregnant. Once the clinic has caught up on TNR patients, the vet team will begin seeing rescheduled patients next. Due to the backlog of spay/neuter appointments, we are having to schedule new patients starting in August. We regret the long wait and will do everything we can to get caught up as quickly and as safely as possible. New appointments can be made online at: www.ycspca.org. We anticipate that the coronavirus will continue to delay our scheduling for the remainder of 2020.
On behalf of the entire management team at the York County SPCA, thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt our operating procedures so that we can resume essential veterinary services for York County communities and animals.
In order to expedite the intake process please print and complete the following forms and bring them to your already scheduled appointment:
Microchip Form when purchasing a microchip: Microchip Registration
For the transportation of feral cats to our facility for surgery by a third party, please complete the following: Feral Cat Authorization Form
Our Clinic is located at the Brougher Companion Animal Shelter in York, Pa. It is operated by the York County SPCA and offers low cost, high quality spay/neuter services to all dogs and cats. Our goal is to increase the number of spay/neuter procedures and therefore decrease the amount of euthanasia that occurs in York County. Our address is 3159 Susquehanna Trail North York, PA 17406. We are located at the Emigsville exit from I-83, approximately 5 miles north of York.
To Schedule an Appointment
Please call (717) 764-6109 ext. 125 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online form to provide more information and we’ll contact you to setup an appointment. Appointments must be pre-paid. We operate Monday through Friday. Check-in is at 7:00am to 7:30am for owned dogs, 7:30am to 8:00am for owned cats, and 8:00am to 8:30am for feral cats. This time is for feral drop off and pick up. (Your appointment may need to be rescheduled if you arrive later than 8:30am.) The clinic entrance is on the north side of the main entrance to the YCSPCA shelter. Convenient parking is available on the north side near the clinic entrance. Weather permitting, please leave your pet in your car and check in with the staff before bringing your pet into the lobby. During check-in, there are some procedures to review and payment for any additional services must be made using cash, check or credit card.
To have your questions answered, please call (717) 764-6109 ext. 140 to speak with the clinic staff. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:30pm. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message. All phone calls are returned the same day. Customers are also welcome to visit the clinic during regular hours and our staff will assist you.
You will receive written and verbal post-surgical care instructions, and most animals will recover quickly with no problems. However, if your pet experiences any complications, please bring your pet back for a recheck or call (717) 764-6109 ext. 140. You do not need an appointment for a recheck or incision check and we are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm for walk-ins.
The cost of spay/neuter surgery varies depending on animal, size and procedure:
|Female dog spay 0-50 lbs.
Female dog spay 51-100 lbs.
Female dog spay 101+ lbs.
Male dog neuter 0-50 lbs.
Male dog neuter 51-100 lbs.
Male dog neuter 100+ lbs.
|Female cat spay
Male cat neuter
Feral cat spay or neuter
In-heat Canine Information
Spaying is an elective procedure, and delaying this procedure is a viable alternative to immediate surgery. If your dog is currently in heat, or her heat cycle has ended within the past 6 weeks it is recommended to delay her surgery until the uterus and ovaries have returned to their normal state. Being in estrus (in heat) can put your pet at and increased risk for intraoperative and postoperative bleeding. Being in heat will also increase your pet’s time under anesthesia, and increase the size of her surgical incision. If you wish to proceed with surgery despite your pet recently being in heat there will be an additional waiver to sign at check in and a $25 fee.
The York County SPCA encourages pet owners to have their pets microchipped. This provides a permanent form of identification for your pet in the event that they become lost and lose their collar or tags. A microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is implanted under the skin below the back of your pet’s neck by needle. The implantation is painless and performed in just seconds. A scanner is then used to scan the animal and pick up the microchip that traces back to the owner. The York County SPCA receives thousands of stray animals each year and is only able to return approximately 3% of these animals because they did not have any identification. Microchipping is now recognized in Pennsylvania as a means to obtain a lifetime license. It is not a license itself. Owners who have their dogs implanted with a microchip are able to register their dogs for a lifetime license and not have to purchase annual county licenses. The payment for a lifetime license can only be accepted in the form of a check or money order. This fee is in addition to the cost of the microchip.
$75 Spay & $65 Neuter for York County Pit Bulls
Our community is inundated with pit bulls and consequently our shelter is, too. We know that it is imperative for York County pit bulls to be spayed or neutered. This would alleviate their overpopulation that leads to so many pit bulls ending up at our facility. Because of this issue, we provide spay/neuter of any York County pit bull for a discounted price. If you have a pit bull in your family and would like to learn more about this program, please contact us at 717-764-6109 ext. 125. If your dog is mixed but primarily pit bull, your dog may still be considered for the program. Please ask us!
Meet Our Highly-Trained Staff
Dr. Kimberly Mann grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA. While in high school, she began volunteering at a local animal shelter and found her passion and purpose working with animals. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Veterinary Medical Degree. Dr. Mann has special interests in emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and a ophthalmology. In her spare time she enjoys baking, knitting, and traveling. She shares her home with her husband, Robert, three rescue pugs, and two cats.