Spay & Neuter Resources
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 unwanted behaviors, 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 the prevention of euthanasia of pets in our Care Center.
- Altering a pet helps to do your part with preventing overpopulation.
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.
If you've adopted a pet and want more information on Spay/Neutering, please visit our Spay/Neuter page.
AC&C does not perform spay or neuter services for the public unless the animal is currently in one of our Care Centers. However, AC&C and other community organizations are committed to educating the public on spaying/neutering pets, and directing those who may not be able to afford the full cost of the service to places where they can receive low-cost/no cost spay/neuter services. View our list of free and low-cost options for NYC residents below.
Featured Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs:
- $5 for spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccinations, nail trim and e-collar from a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance. The cost is $125 per animal if you are not on public assistance.
- If you are the owner of a Pit bull, Pit mix or a large mixed breed dog, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations, regardless of your financial need.
- Phone: 877.SPAY.NYC (877.772.9692). Press 1 for English, then 6 for an appointment. Monday - Friday, 3:00PM - 8:00PM; and Saturday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM. For more information, please visit their ASPCA's Spay/Neuter website.
- To celebrate their 150,000 high-quality, low-cost spay/neuters for NYC's pets, ASPCA Mobile Spay Neuter Clinics are now offering 1/2 Price on Mondays, at any Mobile Clinic! For more information, please visit ASPCA's Spay/Neuter website.. Also, please share and post with permission ASPCA's 1/2 Price Mondays Flyer.
Free spay/neuter or vasectomy surgeries for Pit bulls and Pit mixes, along with optional free distemper/parvovirus vaccinations and microchips. For more information, please visit Operation Pit.
- Free & low-cost spay/neuter on a mobile van
- 100% Free for all NYC Residents on public assistance
- 100% Free for Pit bulls & non-purebred dogs & cats (you do not need to be on public assistance)
- Other pure- and designer-breeds:
- Spay/Neuter: $100
- Rabies Vaccinations: $10
- Phone: 212.799.1120
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit the Toby Project.
Low-cost spay/neuter on Long Island at a mobile clinic. The $57 spay/neuter fee includes a physical exam and pain management. No additional charge for pregnancy or heat. Vaccinations and other tests and treatments are available for an additional low fee.
Association for the Rescue & Adoption of Stray Animals (ARASA)
- 410 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
- Phone: 212.532.5884
- E-mail: email@example.com
- 306 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
- Phone: 212.752.4840
Each year on the last Tuesday of February, veterinarians and their staff, animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned citizens join forces nationwide to spay or neuter as many animals as possible. For more information, please visit HSUS.
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter for Feral Cats
If you are a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colony caretaker, please visit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative website for more information on low-cost spay/neuter options for feral cats.