Spay Illinois was established in 2009 when the national organization, SPAY USA, sought to create a state program that would help bring Illinois residents the affordable, accessible spay and neuter care they needed. We started by offering low cost pet vaccine clinics in different locations throughout the state. This allowed us the opportunity to meet and have meaningful conversations with folks, statewide, regarding the importance and benefits of spaying and neutering their pets.
Once we understood the needs of Illinois residents and how best to meet them, we began partnering with existing veterinarians and other low cost spay/neuter clinics and started operating a transport program to help people access spay and neuter care at an affordable price.
Our first stationary clinic opened its doors in September of 2010 in Momence, Illinois. The residents of this low-income area were in dire need of an affordable option for preventative veterinary care. What opened as a clinic specifically intended to perform high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter surgery transformed into a clinic offering full wellness services. In the years that followed, SPAY ILLINOIS witnessed exponential growth. Our vaccine clinics increased operation to nearly 30 locations every month and our clinic in Momence became a staple in the area. In just three years, we successfully completed 14,000 spay and neuter surgeries. 2 In April of 2013, we opened a second stationary clinic in Lisle, Illinois. This convenient location has been ideal in providing accessible spay and neuter surgery and wellness care to thousands of pets and continues to grow.