Free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries available for Minneapolis pets

The City of Minneapolis is working with the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program to offer free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for Minneapolis pets. Free surgeries are available to pet owners in several Northside neighborhoods, and low-cost surgeries are available to residents who qualify from across the city.

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities, residents in the Willard Hay, Near North, Harrison, Jordan, North Loop, Sumner-Glenwood, and Heritage Park neighborhoods will be able to receive free spay/neuter surgeries for their pets. Residents in these neighborhoods will need to register their dogs, cats, or rabbits to receive the surgeries and proof of residency in one of the neighborhoods is required. Pet owners who want can schedule a spay/neuter appointment online or call 612-720-8236. These neighborhoods were chosen to receive these services without cost because more animals from this area end up at the Animal Care & Control Shelter than any other parts of the city.

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income families throughout Minneapolis are also available. Residents must provide proof of participation in a needs-based public assistance program, such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Free or Reduced School Lunch, Unemployment, and Social Security Disability. They can also bring in a copy of their most recent income tax return showing income less than $40,000 per household. The surgeries for this program will cost $40-$70 when they normally would be $250-$450 depending on the animal and the clinic where the surgery is performed. Veterinarians from the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program will perform the free and low-cost surgeries at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control’s veterinary clinic Tuesday-Friday.

Between six and eight million cats and dogs enter our nation’s shelter system each year. Animal shelters cannot save and support this huge number of accidental litters, strays and offspring of family pets. As a result, nearly four million animals are humanely euthanized (Nationally) annually. It is estimated that 90,000 dogs and cats are humanely euthanized each year in Minnesota due to overpopulation. Spaying and neutering is the only proven way to reduce these numbers and save animals’ lives.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control responds to 16,000 field service calls and brings 4,300 animals to the shelter for care each year, while their animal adoptions have nearly tripled. In 2011, 1,408 animals were adopted from the animal shelter, compared to 523 in 2010. Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization, performed more than 10,000 low-cost spay neuter surgeries for pets of income-eligible citizens throughout the metro area in last year.

Published Apr 13, 2012