Free or low-cost spay and neuter services are available for your dog or cat, through the City’s Animal Population Control Program. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has partnered with the ASPCA to provide the services for free to public housing residents and Section 8 renters in Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island. In Brooklyn and the Bronx, there is a $5 fee for NYCHA residents and Section 8 renters.
The ASPCA brings highquality spay or neuter services directly to your neighborhood through its Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics. In addition to spay/ neuter surgery, the mobile clinic provides vaccinations, a nail trim if required, a small tattoo at area of incision, and an e-collar.
In addition to avoiding unwanted pregnancies, spaying or neutering your pet has several health and behavioral benefits. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life as spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which can be malignant or cancerous. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. In addition, neutering male cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory, and spayed females will not go into heat. Your neutered dog might be less likely to harass other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may also be avoided by early neutering.
To find a mobile clinic near you and to learn how to prepare your pet for surgery, go to https://www.aspca.org/nyc/aspca-mobile-spayneuter-clinic or call 877-772-9692.
When you visit the mobile clinic, you must bring: (1) a photo identification with a New York City address showing you are over 18 years of age, and (2) one of the following documents: (a) a NYCHA rent bill or Section 8 voucher or (b) proof of enrollment in Medicaid or Health Plus, Medicare, SSI, Welfare, TANF, or Food Stamps.
If you will be seeking spay/ neuter services in Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island, you may print and bring the provided optional voucher for completely FREE services.