Low-Cost Veterinary Care

Access to Veterinary Care in the East Bay

Veterinary care is expensive, but the clinics and organizations listed here provide low-cost or free services for pet and/or free-roaming cats. 


The following organizations provide free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats.

  • Animal Fix Clinic in Richmond provides spay/neuter and other surgeries for cats and dogs at tiered pricing based on income. 
  • Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City does spay/neuter for feral and pet cats.
  • FOAS PetFix Free Spay/Neuter Program provides spay/neuter vouchers and holds spay/neuter events for cats and dogs from Oakland only.
  • East Bay SPCA provides spay/neuter for feral cats.
  • Low Cost Spay Neuter Program for Berkeley pet owners is administered by Paw Fund. To qualify, the owner must live in Berkeley and have an annual income of $37,500 or less.
  • Spay the Bay is a program at Berkeley Humane that provides low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics for pet cats.
  • Ohlone Humane Society offers spay-neuter assistance to residents of Fremont, Newark and Union City.
  • Contra Costa Animal Services offers low-cost spay/neuter for feral, homeless, or stray cats in Contra Costa County.
  • Paws-in-Need in San Ramon offers financial assistance for spay/neuter of feral or homeless cats. 
  • ARF in Walnut Creek provides spay/neuter for cats and dogs.

Vaccine Clinics

The clinics and organizations below hold vaccination clinics for pets.

  • PetVet Pet Food holds weekly low-cost clinics in Oakland and El Cerrito.
  • East Bay SPCA holds weekly low-cost clinics in Oakland and Dublin.
  • PALS East Bay holds monthly free vaccine clinics in Oakland.
  • Paw Fund holds monthly free vaccine clinics in Berkeley.

Other Veterinary Care

  • PetVet Pet Food‘s weekly drop-in clinics in Oakland and El Cerrito provide basic veterinary exams and preventive care for pets.
  • East Bay SPCA has a full service veterinary clinic providing care to pets.


The East Bay has several 24-hour emergency clinics, which provide excellent care but can be very expensive. Most veterinary clinics can provide emergency care at a lower cost during regular hours if they are not too busy. Animal Fix Clinic can also perform some needed surgeries at a much reduced cost once a diagnosis has been made at a full service clinic.