Spay/Neuter

Spaying or neutering is a surgical procedure given to a pet to render it sterile. Not only is it required by law that every animal leaving a NYC shelter be spayed or neutered, it is also beneficial to the health and behavior of each animal. Below are some of the benefits to altering your pet.

  • Altering a pet removes the risk of testicular and uterine cancer in both cats and dogs.
  • Altering a pet at an early age influences a pet's hormones and thus decreases unwanted behavior, such as marking its territory and wandering/straying in heat.
  • Altering a pet greatly reduces overpopulation.
  • Altering lends to a longer life for your pet.
  • Altering a pet assists with preventing euthanasia of pets in our Care Center.
  • Altering a pet helps to do your part with preventing overpopulation.

Spay/Neuter Service Changes: AC&C does not perform spay/neuter services for the public unless the animal is in one of our Care Centers. However, we do provide the public with information on spaying and neutering pets along with a list of free and low-cost/no cost options for NYC residents on our Spay & Neuter Resources page.

All animals that are adopted from AC&C are spayed or neutered prior to leaving the building unless a veterinarian states otherwise regarding an animal's state of health or age. All animals that leave our Care Centers are required by NYC law to be spayed or neutered prior to release.

Once you select a pet for adoption, he or she will be scheduled for the surgery and you will be notified when you need to return to pickup your pet. You will need to follow post-operative instructions to ensure his or her healthy recovery; you may find these details on Page 6 in the Adoption booklet provided to you at the time of your pet's adoption (or by clicking here for a Cat or Dog).

If an animal is already spayed or neutered, you will be able to to take him or her home on the same day of adoption. As per your signed contract at the time of adoption, you do not have legal ownership of the pet until the animal is spayed or neutered. If your animal was rejected for surgery and you were approved to take him home on a spay/neuter waiver, you will be required to return when he is healthy and, as indicated in your contract signed at the time of adoption, have the surgery completed. You may schedule the Spay/Neuter Appointment online.

If you are a New Hope partner who needs to book a surgery appointment, you may schedule your Spay/Neuter Appointment online. Please remember that this is not a public spay/neuter program.

If you are a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colony caretaker, please visit NYC Feral Cat Initiative website for more information on low-cost spay/neuter options for feral cats.