GVR Report cover Spay And Neuter Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Spay And Neuter Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Animal Type (Dogs, Cats), By Provider (Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals), By End-use (Animal Welfare Groups, Pet Owners), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-033-3
  • Number of Report Pages: 150
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global spay and neuter market size is estimated at USD 2.23 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.16% from 2023 to 2030. The growth is driven by factors such as increasing demand for spay/ neutering procedures, rising pet adoption rates, increasing favorable public/ private initiatives to control pet overpopulation and growing awareness among pet owners. As per the 2022 Animal Wellbeing report by the PDSA - a leading vet charity in the U.K., about 90% of cats, 70% of dogs, and 58% of rabbits were estimated to be neutered in the U.K. in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic led to restricted access to veterinary care as well as the cancellation or postponement of elective surgeries such as spaying and neutering. This adversely impacted the number of sterilization procedures undertaken in 2020. The overall pet market, however, was also impacted positively by an increase in pet adoption, pet expenditure, and humanization of pets as a result of pet parents working from home. This led to increased awareness about the health of pets and behavior as well as the benefits of spay/ neutering procedures. This is expected to support the demand for pet sterilization services in the coming years.

U.S. spay and neuter market size, by animal type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The growing adoption of spay and neutering services in the U.S. and other developed countries like the U.K., as well as growing awareness programs along with the availability of low-cost spay and neutering services, are expected to boost market growth during the forecast period. In the U.S., clinics specializing in high-volume spay-neuter surgery first appeared in the 1970s. By the 1990s, sterilization was widely accepted as shelters implemented "neuter-before-adoption" policies, and veterinary schools developed training programs to guide efficient surgical techniques. Additionally, as per the AVMA- American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying and neutering are estimated to be one of the most common surgical procedures performed by veterinarians on cats and dogs in the U.S.

Furthermore, favorable government regulations mandating spay/ neutering surgeries are another key factor driving the market growth. As per the AVMA, several states in the U.S. have proposed mandatory spay/neutering laws. One amongst them is Rhode Island, which has adopted legislation that mandates all cats to be surgically sterilized. There are only a few exceptions to mandatory sterilization laws. These include an agreement between an owner, and the adoption agency; delegating responsibility to the owner, or if the owner has a license to breed animals. The sterilization process can also be deemed unnecessary if a veterinarian finds that it is detrimental to the health of the animal.

Animal Type Insights

Based on animal type, the dogs segment dominated the global spay and neuter industry in 2022, with a share of nearly 60%. While the other segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of nearly 7% in the coming years. The sustained high popularity of dogs as pets in key markets and the increasing population of other pets are expected to contribute to the growth. Orchard Vets, a sterilization service provider in the U.K. recommends neutering rabbits at about 5 months. The agency reports that aggressive and scent-marking behavior begins to develop after that age.

Furthermore, Queen City Animal Hospital in the U.S. also offers spaying and neutering surgeries for rodents (rats, hamsters, chinchillas, mice, gerbils, and guinea pigs), rabbits, and ferrets. The growing affordability of spay/ neutering procedures is another key driver for the market. PETA for instance, charges about USD 50 for cat spay/ neutering and about USD 100-120 for dog spay/ neutering. Similarly, the ASPCA spay/ neuter alliance charges USD 50-65 for the same procedures in Western North Carolina.

Provider Insights

By provider, veterinary clinics & hospitals held the largest share of the spay and neuter market in 2022. Key factors contributing to the high share include a higher volume of patients, competitive pricing options offered by low-cost spay/ neuter clinics, the and growing number of flexible options such as mobile clinics. In February 2020, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), reported a key milestone of 10 million spay and neutering surgeries for dogs and cats via its National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) program.

ASPCA also provides free and low-cost spay/neutering procedures for dogs and cats in New York City via its mobile clinics. The non-profit organization has partnered with the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to offer free spay and neutering for eligible residents in its Clinics in Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island. The others segment comprised of shelters/ humane societies is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of about 5% in the coming years. These facilities often provide free or low-cost surgical sterilization services, which serve as a high-impact rendering driver for the segment.

End-use Insights

The animal welfare groups segment dominated the market by end-use. On the other hand, the pet owner segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of over 4% from 2023 to 2030. The key factors contributing to the growth include the need to curb the overpopulation of pets, the growing adoption of pet insurance, and increasing awareness among end-users about spay/ neutering benefits.

Global spay and neuter market share, by end-use, 2022 (%)

As per the NAPHIA-North American Pet Health Insurance Association-the pet insurance sector has more than doubled from 2018 to 2021 across the region. In fact, as per its latest State of the Industry Report, over 4.41 million pets were insured in 2021. This number was notably greater than the 3.45 million pets insured in 2020. The Wellness Powerup policy offered by Figo Pet Insurance LLC provides coverage for spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, annual wellness exams, and more. This is expected to propel the market’s growth in the near future.

Regional Insights

North America registered the highest revenue share of about 40% in 2022 owing to more pets being adopted from animal shelters and high adoption of spay/ neutering procedures at these facilities. As per Chewy, Inc., around 1 million pets adopted in the U.S. were shelter and rescue animals. Also, as per the National Humane Education Societyspay and neutering surgeries became mandatory from the year 2021, for all animals, before their adoption from animal shelters in Indiana, U.S.

Spay And Neuter  Market Trends by Region

The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period. This is owing to rising awareness of pet spay/ neutering procedures and an increasing number of local market players. For example, the Indian Street Animal Clinic recommends spay/ neutering surgery for all pets that are not used for breeding. The spay and neutering surgery services offered by the provider include pre-anesthetic exams, intravenous fluid therapy, local anesthesia, patient monitoring, pain medications, and collars to protect the surgery site.

Key Players & Market Share Insights

The spay and neuter industry is characterized by the presence of several public and private players such as veterinary clinics, hospitals, animal welfare groups, rescue centers, and humane societies. These market participants are involved in increasing the awareness and adoption of spay/ neutering surgeries via various strategic initiatives. These include partnerships & collaborations, sales & marketing activities, awareness drives, low-cost pricing, and expansions.

For example, North Shore Animal League America-an animal rescue and adoption organization-runs a referral network called SpayUSA for low-cost spay and neuter services across the U.S.provides It offered referral services to more than 1,900 low-cost clinics and sterilization programs as of 2019.

Spay And Neuter Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 2.30 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 3.06 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.16% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million, CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments covered

Animal type, provider, end-use, region

Regional Scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Poland; France; Italy; Spain; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa;Saudi Arabia

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Global Spay And Neuter Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global spay and neuter market report based on animal type, provider, end-use, and region:

Global Spay And Neuter  Market Segmentation

  • Animal Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Dogs

      • Spaying

      • Neutering

    • Cats

      • Spaying

      • Neutering

    • Other Animals

  • Provider Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Animal Welfare Groups

    • Pet Owners

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Poland

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Rest of Europe

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • Rest of Asia Pacific

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Rest of Latin America

    • Middle East & Africa          

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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