How the Ottawa Humane Society Took Spay/Neuter Mobile

Room: St Laurent 7
Simultaneous English-to-French interpretation available for this session.

Amber Corby, Manager, Community Programs, Ottawa Humane Society

A mobile program may not be accessible to all shelters, but we do know that community spay/neuter programs are one of the only proven effective ways to save lives. A mobile program offers advantages, but there are other ways to meet this community need, too.

In 2016, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) launched a mobile clinic offering subsidized feline spay/neuter surgeries to income-qualified clients. This program was in response to a need to reduce cat overpopulation while supporting people in keeping their pets. Lessons learned, how-to’s, successes and challenges of operating a mobile clinic will be shared, with a focus on best practices.

A mobile sterilization unit may not be realistic, but there are other effective steps you can take to address cat overpopulation. Using your existing resources as a starting point, learn how to strategically build a program that will meet your community’s needs while continuing to meet your shelter’s operating demands.

Explore how strengthening and building veterinary support and partnerships can be an integral first step to a community program and result in more lives saved.

In this 45-minute presentation, discover how needs-based programming with strong partnership support can save lives throughout the community.


  1. How to build veterinary support and partnerships.
  2. How to determine a model that will work for your community.
  3. Best practices in operating a mobile spay/neuter clinic.

Amber Corby oversees the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) as Manager, Community Programs. Her experience is in community outreach and programming, where she has coordinated a diverse range of services in the public sector at the municipal and federal level. Her primary interest is in wellness and resiliency, for animals and their human friends alike. Amber's focus has been in Mobile Spay/Neuter Services, as well as keeping people and pets together since June 2017.