For pet owners receiving public assistance:
The ASPCA offers free and low-cost spay/neuter surgery via five Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics that travel to many New York City neighborhoods! Our mission is to put an end to the tragic euthanasia of adoptable animals within the five boroughs of New York City by addressing the animal crisis at its source—in the heart of the city’s local communities.
Recognizing that many of the most serious overpopulation and animal health crises arise in neighborhoods with limited access to veterinary care and animal care education, the ASPCA brings spay/neuter services directly to such communities.
For more information please call (877) SPAY-NYC, (877) 772-9692. Listen to the prerecorded monthly schedule of Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic dates and locations or choose the option that allows you to speak with a Client Services Representative.
Does my cat or dog qualify for surgery on a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
Low-income pet owners in New York City’s five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for FREE spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. Those on unemployment do not qualify for free service.
If you do not have proof of public assistance, a $99 fee per animal is required.
This is an all-inclusive fee. Clients can choose which services (as described below) their pets need. However, the fee for clients not on public assistance will remain the same regardless of what services are performed.
What services are provided for pets?
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Rabies vaccine (Must be provided according to New York City law unless pet owner provides rabies vaccination certificate signed by 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
- A small tattoo is 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.
- Microchipping is offered for $20 per animal
How can I make a FREE appointment for my pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog?
If you are the owner of a pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations. Regardless of your financial need, an appointment can be made by calling 877-SPAY-NYC, option 1 for English, then option 6 for an appointment. Please call Mon-Fri 3-8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.
What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept for surgery?
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept:
- healthy dogs and cats.
- puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds.
- 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.)
What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics NOT accept for surgery?
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics will NOT accept:
- ferrets, rabbits, and all other animals.
- unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses. Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, and/or ringworm.
What patients will Veterinarians examine before deciding whether or not to accept them for spay/neuter surgery aboard Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics?
Veterinarians will examine:
- female dogs in heat. (It is ideal to wait one month after period ends to spay.)
- female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens. (It is ideal to wait one month after weaning litter before spaying.)
- male animals with only one testicle.
- animals over five years of age.
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, however, due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per Clinic day MAY be applied.
How should I prepare pets for spay/neuter surgery?
- Animals less 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 appropriately sized carriers with one cat per carrier.
- Bring dogs on leashes.
What should I bring with me when the animal is admitted to the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- Bring proof of public assistance and picture 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 picture identification.
- Bring five dollars ($5) to purchase an E-collar to place on the pet after surgery. (An E-collar is a plastic cone that fits around the pet’s neck to prevent him or her from licking stitches and causing infection.)
What occurs when I arrive at the site of a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- It is suggested that people arrive at the location before 7:00 A.M. The ASPCA serves an average of 20–25 animals per day on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 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.
- While waiting, please be courteous and considerate of neighbors and fellow clients.
How should I care for a pet after surgery?
When your dog or cat is discharged from the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, instructions explaining postoperative care will be provided. You can also download them here: - English Version (pdf) - Spanish Version (pdf)
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By Calling (877) SPAY-NYC, You Can:
Learn how to become eligible for ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic services.
Find out the minimum requirements prior to booking a spay/neuter appointment.
Schedule a TNR spay/neuter appointment. :
Request traps for your TNR project.
Communicate any mobile spay/neuter clinic post-operative issues.
Ask questions or express concerns about ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics.
All information courtesy of: http://www.aspca.org