HSLC SPAY/NEUTER TRANSPORT DETAILS – low cost spay and neuter services for those in need.

Humane Society Logan County hosts a monthly animal transport to Springfield Animal Protection League (APL) for low cost spay and neuter services. Call 217-737-4042 for information and to make a reservation. You will be contacted by our volunteer phone team within 7-10 days to confirm your spot on an upcoming transport.

Upcoming dates  – Monday December 1st, January 4th, February 3rd

DOG fees:
$80 for dogs under 60lbs
$105 for dogs over 60lbs
$15 for rabies tag (if in Logan County)

CAT fees:
$50 for female cat / $40 for male cat
$25 for feral cat
$15 for rabies tag (if in Logan County)

**See below for more services and cost.

Written proof of rabies must be shown at the time of transport or rabies vaccine will be administered by APL. Other vaccines and services are available.  See below for more detail.

Call 217-737-4042 for information and to make a reservation.
We are typically booked at least one transport out – so it may be 2-6 weeks before we can confirm. Expect a call back within 7-10 days to place on next available transport.

Location day of transport:
Drop off is located at the loading dock area behind the BigR store, located next to Walmart in Lincoln.  Drop off time is 7:15-8:15am
Pickup is between 8:30-9:30am the following day.

Bring cats in a pet carrier and transport from your vehicle to the inside of the BigR loading dock area. The cats will go on the transport in their kennel.  One cat per kennel.  We do have carriers on hand if needed.  Dog carriers are provided.  Check in with the parking lot volunteer when bringing your dog in to make sure we don’t have other dogs in line or being loaded into a kennel inside.

Food and water: Dogs over 4 months should not eat after midnight.  Water is OK.  Cats and puppies under 4 months can eat / drink as normal in the morning.

Clients in DeWitt, Tazewell, or McLean County can try calling their local transport. Details below.

Full list of services and cost

Dogs Fee Cats Fee  
Spay $80/105 (over 60lbs) Spay $50
Neuter $80/105 (over 60lbs) Neuter $40
Rabies 1 yr $10 Feral protocol $25
Rabies 3 yr $13 Rabies 1 yr $10
County tag 1 yr $15 Rabies 3 yr $13
County tag 3 yr $35 County tag 1 yr $15
DHPP vaccine $10 County tag 3 yr $35
Bordetella vacc. $10 FVRCP vaccine $10
Heartworm test $15 Nail Trim $3
Dewormer $8-15 (based on weight) Dewormer 2 dose $6
Microchip $12 Microchip $12
Nail Trim $3 Flea Treatment $5
Flea/Tick Trtmnt $10 Revolution $10
Pain medication $10 FIV/Felv blood test $19 (house cats only)
HW preventative $20-35 (based on weight)
E-collar $10


Other useful information:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an age limit for spay-neuter surgery?
    • Kittens and puppies must be at least 4 months old and weigh two pounds to be eligible for the transport and surgery, otherwise the APL will refuse the surgery.
    • Old dogs and cats (age 8 years and over are not eligible)
      • Pets with heart or breathing issues should not go on the transport. Client should call APL directly and talk to them.  217-789-7729
      • Pets with seizures or travel anxiety requiring drugs should not go on transport. Client should call APL directly and talk to them.  217-789-7729
      • Pets 8 years and older are considered senior and are not eligible for transport. Client should take them to a veterinarian for spay-neuter surgery.
  • Is my outdoor cat a feral cat?
    • Outdoor and barn cats are $25. Clients must agree to ear-tip in order to get the reduced price-otherwise they must pay the full price.  Indoor cats do not qualify.
    • A cat that avoids humans, cannot be picked up or handled, requires a trap to catch the cat, and/or will cause serious injury to people, and APL staff when they try to handle it is considered feral.
    • Feral cats must come to transport in a live trap covered with a sheet.
  • What is included in the feral cat price?
    • Surgery, 3-yr Rabies vax, 3-yr Distemper vax, ear mite/flea treatment, and mandatory ear-tip.
  • Are feral cats, outdoor cats, and barn cats required to have a county Rabies tag?
    • These cats are considered “unowned” cats and for liability reasons do not have to be tagged and registered with the county.
  • My dog or cat is aggressive. How is that handled?
    • You load your dog or your cat into the carrier by yourself. We can bring a borrowed carrier out to your car on transport morning if it is safer.
    • Red caution tape is put on the carrier
    • APL veterinarians will sedate the dog or cat while in the carrier and then perform surgery and other treatments you requested.
  • Where do I find the transport?
    • Drive all the way around to the back of the Lincoln Big R by the loading docks. An HSLC volunteer is normally in the back to greet and guide you.
    • Please do not block the driveway or the red doors next to the loading docks
    • Big R is located at 1501 Woodlawn Road across from Walmart
  • What vaccinations are required?
    • Only Rabies for both dogs and cats unless under 4 months old at time of transport
    • It is highly recommended to vaccinate against other diseases such as Canine Distemper and Feline upper respiratory diseases before transport, but not required. Should consider it for indoor/outdoor or outdoor pets.
    • Vaccinations are cheaper than trying to treat the problems caused by viral infections
  • I have proof of a current Rabies vaccination, but I can’t find it. What should I do?
    • Go to your veterinarian and ask for a copy of your pet’s medical records or rabies certification that shows proof of rabies within the last year.
    • We will ask you to show the proof when you drop your pet off, so have it ready
  • What happens if I forget to bring current proof of Rabies with me when I drop off my dog or cat?
    • You will be required to purchase a rabies vaccine from APL for an additional $10.00 when you drop off your pet
    • Logan County residents must also purchase a rabies registration and tag for an additional $15.00 when the pet is dropped off
    • We will often call your veterinarian when you arrive for verbal confirmation
  • Can my dog or cat go on the transport without proof of current Rabies vaccination?
    • Yes, but you will be required purchase a rabies vaccine from APL for an additional $10.00 when you drop off your pet
    • Logan county residents must also purchase a rabies registration and tag for an additional $15.00 when the pet is dropped off
    • Puppies and kittens under 4 months old (16 weeks) do not have to have Rabies to go on the transport. They will be marked as “too young for Rabies”.  The client will be responsible for visiting a veterinarian or an APL low cost vaccination event for Rabies when the pet is old enough.  Or the client can wait until the pet is four months old to send it on the transport.  The pet can have the surgery and get its Rabies vaccination at the same time.
    • It does not harm the pet to have the Rabies vaccination at age 15 weeks.
  • My female dog or cat is in heat.  Can she still go on the transport?
    • APL will spay females in heat.
    • You will have to keep her away from intact males for two weeks after the surgery.
    • It does not cost extra
    • There is a slight added risk to surgery
  • My female dog or cat is pregnant. Will the APL terminate pregnancies?
    • Once a female arrives at APL and it is discovered she is pregnant-the pregnancy will be terminated.  APL will not seek your permission to do so.
    • There is added risk to surgery.
    • There is no added charge for a pregnancy spay
    • If you are not sure about this please take some time to consider.
  • My female dog/cat is still nursing puppies/kittens. Can the babies go on the transport with their mother?
    • The babies must be able to survive up to 72 hours without their mother
      • She will not be able to nurse them for at least 48 hours after surgery to avoid complications and infection
    • Wait until the babies are weaned and able to survive without their mother, and then call for a reservation on the next transport.
  • Will neutering my cat stop the spraying?
    • Depending upon how old the cat is when he is neutered, and how ingrained the urine marking habit is, it looks like about 90% of male cats will stop spraying within six months of being neutered.
    • The client should regularly clean the urine marked spots with a pet-specific enzymatic cleaner, keep litterboxes clean, and use a clumping, unscented litter. Proper and thorough cleaning is key!
  • Will spaying or neutering my cat make them stop hunting mice?
    • Cats who hunted before the surgery usually continue to hunt after the surgery.
  • What dewormer does the APL send home with the pet?
    • A liquid mix of Pyrantel and Praziquantal for hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms.
    • The first dose is given when the pet arrives home and the second dose two weeks later
    • The APL does not give the dewormer day of surgery because the pet will just throw it up
    • The dewormer is dosed by weight of the animal and client pays the HSLC for it on the morning of pick-up
  • What flea treatment does the APL use on my pet?
    • Crossblock for cats (similar to Advantage II) for $5.00
    • Vectra 3D for dogs (fleas and ticks) $10.00
    • Flea treatment is applied at the APL if fleas are seen.
  • Do microchips have GPS capabilities?
    • No
  • How can I learn if my pet is already microchipped?
    • Take pet to veterinarian who will use a scanner to locate the chip and the chip number
    • Take pet to a local animal control who will use a scanner to locate the chip and number
    • Take pet to local animal shelter or humane society who will use a scanner to locate the chip and number
  • I need to borrow a carrier for my dog or cat. Where can I get one?
    • Borrow one from someone you know
    • HSLC will loan you a carrier for no added charge and we will have it waiting for you transport morning
  • Does APL ever cancel a transport? 
    • No.  APL only cancels a transport if IDOT closes the interstate because of severe ice and snow.
  • How many animals per kennel?
    • One animal per kennel.  We have kennels for loan if needed.
  • What time is Monday drop-off?
    • Between 7:15-8:15 a.m.
    • The transport van usually arrives by 8:15 or earlier
  • What time is Tuesday pick-up?
    • Tuesday pick-up starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until approximately 9:00 a.m.
    • The transport team must do several things before you will be given your pet
      • Unload the van and organize animals
      • Sort and process paperwork
      • Talk to you about veterinary instructions, vaccinations, and microchips
      • Collect or refund money depending upon circumstances during surgery
After Surgery Care

You are the most important member of your pet’s medical team, so the care you give your pet for two weeks after surgery is very important to a successful recovery.  Everything you need to know will be on the pink sheet you receive when you pick up your pet.  Team members will go over it with you, but please read it again when you get home.

The Surgery Site

Please check the incision twice daily for infection, leaking, or bleeding-call APL if you see anything like this.  The incision should look better every day.  Stitches are internal and dissolvable, so pets don’t need to go back to the APL for removal.

Exercise and going outside 

For 7 to 10 days after surgery: no running, no jumping on furniture, no excessive play, no baths, and no swimming.  Take dogs outside on a leash to go to the bathroom and then bring them back indoors.  You might need to crate energetic dogs for a few days.  You may start easy walks on leash about 3 to 4 days after surgery.  If everything is healing well, you may resume normal activity 10 days after surgery.

Licking/chewing at the incision site

Dogs tend to lick and chew at incisions.  It only takes a few minutes to rip out stitches and create an emergency.  We highly recommend that you buy an Elizabethan Collar (the “cone”) from your veterinarian ahead of time.

The green spot near the surgery site 

Every pet has a little green tattoo next to the incision to show that they have been spayed or neutered.  Feral cats have an ear tipped.\

Other important non-surgical signs 

If your cat or dog starts showing signs of a “cold” any time within two weeks after surgery (sneezing, not eating or drinking, runny eyes, snotty nose, no energy), please contact your veterinarian or the APL immediately for instructions and treatment.  217-789-7729 or 217-801-3378 after hours, weekends, and holidays.  Signs can start appearing 2 to 7 days after transport.

Coughing and gagging for the first few days is normal for dogs because of the tracheal tube used to deliver anesthesia during surgery.  If the coughing lasts for more than a few days, contact your veterinarian or the APL.

Food and Water

Go slow with food and water for the first 12 hours after your pet returns home, then resume as normal.

Toilet habits

It may take your pet 24-36 hours before he/she has a bowel movement.

Female dogs, female cats, and Feral cats

If a female dog or cat is in heat at the time of transport, APL will perform the surgery.  If you have intact males at home, create a plan to keep them away from her for two weeks after surgery.

Puppies and kittens must be kept away from their mother for up to three days after her surgery.  Be sure they are weaned and eating good on their own before having their mother spayed.

Feral cats may be released as soon as you get them home.

To Catch a Feral Cat Tips

Place humane traps about 10-14 days in advance

  • Traps should be in the area where you normally feed the cats.
  • Be sure the traps sit flat on the ground and do not wobble. A cat does not like a wobbly surface to walk on.
  • Do not set the traps. Leave the back open so the cats can go in and out at will.
  • Cover about two thirds of the trap with a towel or blanket so the trap will seem safe to the cat.
  • Place a thin layer of newspaper in the trap so the cat gets used to it being in the trap and it hides the trip plate. Replace the newspaper as needed.
  • To get the cats used to the trap being there:
    • Feed the cats near the traps but not so close that the cats won’t come to eat.
    • Gradually move the food closer to the traps so that the cats are eventually going into the trap to eat

On the morning/evening that you want to trap the cats when it gets close to feeding time:

  • In advance, prepare a safe enclosed area like a garage, storage shed, etc. where you will keep the trapped cats by putting a tarp on the floor. Place thin boards or something on the tarp to elevate the traps a bit.  This keeps the cat from having to sit or stand in its’ own mess.
  • Put a clean layer of newspaper in the bottom of the trap. Be sure the trip plate is covered.
  • Set the trap. Test it to make sure it works properly.
  • Bait the trap:
    • Place about one heaping tablespoon of tuna packed in oil (nice and smelly!) in the back of the trap along with other food you want the cat to have for overnight. Other high value bait is canned salmon in oil, mackerel in oil, chicken baby food (no garlic!), or a piece of cooked chicken suspended from the back of the trap.
    • Put the tuna and food far enough back so the cat must step on the trip plate to eat.
    • Place a few tiny piles of tuna leading from the front of the trap to the “jackpot” pile.
  • Reset the trap and cover two thirds of the trap with the towel or blanket just like you have been doing all week. Put the trap where you normally feed the cats.
  • You want to check the trap every 20-30 minutes from where the cat cannot see you.

When the cat is successfully trapped:

  • Move in quickly and quietly from behind the cat if possible. Do not talk to the cat or make direct eye contact.  Do not remove the cat from the trap.
    • Pull the towel or blanket so it covers the trap completely.
    • With minimal bumping around, move the trap to the prepared safe holding room.
    • Shut the doors and turn off the lights. Leave the cats alone.  Be sure they are safe from predators.
    • The goal is to keep jostling and noise to a minimum, so the cats stay calm and don’t beat up their faces trying to escape from the trap.

With minimal fuss, bring the cat to the transport.  Do not attempt to put the feral cat in a regular cat carrier.  Feral cats must remain in the live trap and be completely covered with a sheet.  This minimizes stress for the cat, limits the transmission of contagious diseases and illnesses to other cats/kittens on the transport, and allows the APL staff to sedate the cat without taking it out of the trap.

For more on trapping and releasing feral cats watch a video on YouTube by the Kitten Lady titled: Kitten Lady TNR

Here is a link to trapping tips from national organization Alley Cat Allies



Alternative low cost animal transport programs for clients in DeWitt, Tazewell, or McLean County –