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Spaying or neutering your pet provides health benefits as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies. (Photo by Brigette Supernova)

Spaying or neutering your pet provides health benefits as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies.

Photo by Brigette Supernova

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying or neutering helps your pet live a longer, healthier life, saves you money, and fights pet overpopulation and euthanasia.

Where Can You Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered?

Your pet's veterinarian can perform this important routine surgery, or you can take advantage of one of the reduced-cost spay/neuter programs or clinics listed below.


Because of a shortage of veterinary personnel, some of the spay/neuter resources listed below have either been paused or are experiencing delays resulting in long waitlists for services. For updates on the current status of any of the programs below, please check their website or contact them directly.

We have included below some providers that are located outside NYC’s five boroughs because they might have shorter wait times than city-based providers. While we attempt to keep our list as up-to-date as possible, please understand that information sometimes changes without our knowledge.

Reduced-Cost Dog & Cat Spay/Neuter Providers

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (BBAWC) – CATS ONLY

Flatbush Vet

Halo Veterinary Hospital

Helping PAW

The Humane Society of New York – Animal Clinic

Kent Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic

Long Island Animal Surgery

Queens Low-cost Veterinary Center

Save-A-Pet Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic

Southampton Animal Shelter – Wellness Clinic

T.A.R.A. – The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc.

Reduced-Cost Dog & Cat Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinics

ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Toby Project


Reduced-Cost Dog & Cat Spay/Neuter Certificate Programs

Friends of Animals – Spay and Neuter Certificates



Spay/Neuter Locator Websites

Best Friends Spay/Neuter Resource Map

North Shore Animal League America’s SpayUSA®

A nationwide referral network for affordable spay and neuter services.


Pet Help Finder

United Spay Alliance

Rabbit Spay/Neuter

Rabbits should be spayed or neutered. They reproduce quickly — breed like rabbits — and often are brought to shelters where they might be euthanized. Like dogs and cats, rabbits gain health and behavior benefits from being spayed or neutered.

The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine

Long Island Bird & Exotics Veterinary Clinic

Petchester Veterinary

You also can contact the rabbit savvy veterinarians listed at

Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

There are free and reduced-cost spay/neuter options available for feral and stray community cats.

Bideawee Feral Cat Initiative: Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Programs & Clinics

Flatbush Vet

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet? Because Spaying or Neutering…

Helps your pet live a longer, healthier life.

Neutering helps prevent testicular cancer in your male pets, if they have the surgery before they are six months old. Even if neutered later in life, males will be better behaved and less likely to roam away from home, increasing their odds of living a long, healthy life.

Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections in female pets, and it keeps your female pet from going into heat. Spaying before her first heat will offer the greatest protection from these diseases.

Is cost-effective.

Caring for a litter of puppies or kittens is expensive, as are vet bills for a pet who roams, fights while away, and is injured and/or injures another dog or cat.

Will not deprive your children.

Having a litter you can't care for long-term doesn't set a good example for your children. If you want to teach your child about the miracle or life or birth, there are lots of responsible options, including books and videos. Also, animal shelters and rescue groups sometimes need responsible foster homes for pregnant dogs and cats, moms with new litters, or orphaned kittens or puppies.

Will not make your pet fat.

Lack of exercise or overfeeding will make your pet fat, not spaying or neutering.

Fights pet overpopulation.

Our shelters are full of loving, deserving cats and dogs waiting today for a home — small, big, purebred, and mixed breed. Learn about pet adoption and find adoption resources.

When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

The greatest health benefits for your pet can come from spaying or neutering them at a young age — before 6 months for a male and before a female's first heat. You can confirm with your vet or spay/neuter provider that this is the right time to spay or neuter your pet.


Note: The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is providing the above information for informational purposes only and is in no way involved in making any determination of eligibility for financial assistance or ensuring the quality of veterinary care provided.