The ASPCA offers free and low-cost high quality spay/neuter surgery on our Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics that travel to many New York City neighborhoods! Recognizing that many of the most serious overpopulation and animal health crises arise in neighborhoods with limited access to veterinary care and pet wellness resources, the ASPCA brings subsidized spay/neuter services directly to such communities.
Does my cat or dog qualify for surgery on a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
The ASPCA strives to make spay/neuter accessible and affordable for all of NYC's underserved residents. Low-income pet parents in New York City's five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or public housing qualify for heavily subsidized spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. Those on unemployment do not qualify. If you do not have proof of public assistance, a $125 fee per animal is required. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are always spayed and neutered at no cost.
With Proof of Public Assistance
Without Proof of Public Assistance
This is an all-inclusive fee. Clients can choose which services (as described below) their pets need. However, the fee will remain the same regardless of which services are performed.
Live in Manhattan or Queens? We’ve partnered with the NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene to provide free spay/neuter services for low-income residents of those two boroughs. Please print out a Manhattan or Queens voucher [PDF] for free service and bring it with you-along with a New York State issued photo ID and proof of public assistance when you visit a Mobile Clinic in your neighborhood in either Manhattan or Queens.
What services are provided for pets?
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Rabies vaccine (Under New York City law, we must provide this unless a pet parent presents a rabies vaccination certificate signed by a veterinarian. A rabies tag is not sufficient proof.)
- FVRCP vaccine for cats/DA2PPV vaccine for dogs (We do not provide vaccinations or any other services to animals who are NOT being spayed/neutered.)
- Nail trim
- Small tattoo, placed close to the incision site when an animal is spayed/neutered (Tattoos let shelters and veterinarians easily identify that an animal has already been spayed/neutered. This is especially important for female animals, as presence of a tattoo can help the animal avoid undergoing an unnecessary surgery in the future.)
- Microchip, offered for $20 per animal
How can I make a FREE appointment for my Pit Bull or Pit mix?
If you are the pet parent of a Pit Bull or Pit mix at least two months of age and you live within the five boroughs, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations through any of our Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics.
You can also make an appointment through our Operation Pit program, by calling (877) 900-PITS. Learn more about Operation Pit »
Which animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept for surgery?
All animals will be examined by a veterinarian to determine if they appear healthy and can undergo surgery aboard a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic. Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics generally accept:
- healthy dogs and cats
- puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds
- female dogs in heat
- female cats in heat
- pregnant cats and dogs, depending on the health of the animal and term of pregnancy
- large dogs (Certain giant breeds may not be accepted.)
Which animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics NOT accept for surgery?
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics will NOT accept:
- ferrets, rabbits, or any animal who is not a cat or dog
- unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses (Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, or ringworm.)
- Doberman Pinschers without proof of a normal blood work test for von Willebrand factor, a blood clotting protein.
- Feral cats or animals in the care of an animal welfare or rescue organization – to learn more about our spay/neuter services for rescuers, please visit ASPCAPro.org/ssnc.
Certain animals may be accepted on a case by case basis, depending on the outcome of the veterinary examination:
- female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens (It is ideal to wait to spay a mother until one month after she weans her litter.)
- male animals with only one testicle
- animals over five years of age
- short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats
How many pets can I bring for spay/neuter surgery?
- The ASPCA encourages New York City residents to spay/neuter all household cats and dogs.
- Residents are welcome to bring all pets to a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic location, but due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per clinic day MAY be applied.
I run a local rescue group or humane society in New York City. Where can I bring my cats and dogs to be spayed/neutered?
Spay/neuter surgery and transport services are provided for animal rescuers through our Stationary Spay/Neuter Clinics. The ASPCA's two NYC clinic locations provide high-quality spay/neuter services to dogs and cats managed by local animal rescuers only. To learn more about eligibility or to submit a rescuer agreement, visit us at ASPCAPro.org/ssnc.
How should I prepare my pet(s) for spay/neuter surgery?
- Animals younger than four months old should eat a small meal at about 6:00 A.M. on the morning of surgery.
- Animals older than four months should have food removed at midnight prior to surgery.
- Do not withhold water from any animal at any time prior to leaving for surgery.
- Bring cats in carriers with one cat per carrier.
- Bring dogs on leashes.
What should I bring with me when my pet is admitted to the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- Bring proof of public assistance and photo identification showing you are 18 years of age or older.
- If transporting a pet for someone who is disabled or elderly, bring that person's proof of public assistance and photo identification.
What occurs when I arrive at the site of a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- We suggest clients arrive at the location before 7:00 A.M. The ASPCA usually serves about 20-25 animals per day on a first-come, first-served basis, filled to capacity.
- An ASPCA representative will arrive before 8:00 A.M. to assist with animal sign-in.
- Be prepared to wait approximately two hours for intake of animals.
- Please be prepared to pick up your pet at approximately 3:30 pm. Pickup times vary, so check with the onsite ASPCA representative for actual time during check-in.
- While waiting, please be courteous and considerate of neighbors, fellow clients, and private property.
How should I care for my pet after surgery?
When your dog or cat is discharged from the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, we’ll provide you with instructions for post-operative care. You can also download them here:
English Version (PDF) | Spanish Version (PDF)