A client said to me today: “My brother had his dog spayed at the Humane Society and it was only $100. Why is your clinic so much more expensive? Cost is an issue for us and if all things are equal, we would rather have our dog spayed there, too.” Sigh. All things aren’t equal when comparing surgical services between an SPCA or Humane Society and your own veterinary hospital. There are some very major differences between the two; a spay isn’t just a spay. It’s not an apple to apple comparison, by any means.