From spaying or neutering to vaccinations and yearly tests, Humane Indiana’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic offers low-cost services that keep pets happy and healthy. 

Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives

Fixing your pet provides protection from various health risks. There are many reasons why spaying and neutering are beneficial: 

  • Fewer animals means fewer homeless pets. 

  • States with the highest spaying/neutering rates have pets that live the longest.

  • Pets that that are not spayed or neutered may have an increased urge to roam. This can expose them to fights with other animals, getting hit by cars and other dangers.

  • Certain types of pet cancers are decreased.

  • Urine-marking (lifting the leg) or the urge to spray can be avoided.

  • Spaying your female dog eliminates the risk of developing a deadly infection of her uterus called pyometra.

  • Long-term costs are decreased, from health care to licensing—many towns charge higher fees for unaltered pets.

Humane Indiana's spay/neuter clinic has provided more than 10,000 low-cost surgeries to communities in need since 2011. You may qualify for low-cost surgery for your pet. Spay/Neuter surgeries are scheduled by appointment at Humane Indiana’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic. Please call (219) 922-3811 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

Low-cost Vaccinations +

Maintain your pet’s good health by staying current with vaccinations. Humane Indiana’s clinic provides qualifying pet owners with access to low-cost vaccinations and services including:

  • Rabies
  • Canine and feline Distemper
  • Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza H3N2
  • FIV/FeLV test
  • Heartworm Prevention
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Microchip
  • E-collar
  • Cardboard carrier

Dogs are required to be on a leash or in a carrier. Cats must be in a secure carrier. Please bring proof of public aid (if applicable) to your appointment. Vaccinations are scheduled on Mondays & Wednesdays between 9:00am and 3:30pm at Humane Indiana’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic. Please phone (219) 922-3811 for prices or to schedule an appointment.

Qualifications +

  • Pet parents on government assistance (such as food stamps, Medicaid, unemployment or disability)
  • Residents of Gary, East Chicago, or Hammond, IN
  • Owners of Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes
  • Caretakers of feral cats
  • Animal shelters, animal control agencies and rescue groups (must be a 501(c)3.

For more information or to make an appointment, please phone (219) 922-3811

“I love the program because it sees the best in people and helps animals by helping the people who love them most.”

For additional information about Pets for Life, please contact program manager Raven Stutsman at

What does it mean to get my pet spayed or neutered? +

Females are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries. Males are neutered by removing their testicles.

What are the benefits to getting my pet spayed or neutered? +

  • Reduced cancer risk. Females have a lower risk of breast cancer and males have NO risk of testicular cancer.
  • Save on vet bills. Pets who have been spayed or neutered are healthier on average.
  • Avoid Messy and annoying heat cycles. Urine spraying and marking are eliminated.
  • Neutering can reduce aggression in your pet. Males will have fewer fights, which can also help in your pet’s loyalty.
  • Stop unwanted litters! Getting your pet spayed or neutered can help fight over-population and reduce the number of unwanted pets euthanized every year.

At what age can I get my pet spayed or neutered? +

Puppies may be spayed and neutered as early as four months of age. Kittens need to be at least two pounds. Pediatric spays and neuters are safe! Puppies and kittens quickly recover from surgery.

My dog/cat just had a litter. When can I get her spayed? +

In order to spay a mom who just gave birth to a litter, the kittens or puppies need to be completely weaned—approximately eight weeks.

Spaying and neutering is expensive. How can I afford it? +

Humane Indiana's Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic offers low-cost spays and neuters to those that qualify, including: individuals on government assistance, residents of Gary and East Chicago, IN, owners of Pit Bulls or Pit Bull Mixes, caretakers of feral cats or rescues, animal shelters and animal control.

If you do not directly qualify for the Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, there are other options available! Please call us at (219) 922-3811 x212 to learn more!