City of Pittsburgh Spay/Neuter Program
Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives.
Research shows that a single spay surgery can save 55 unwanted animals from being born. Those are 55 animals that won't wait in shelters...or worse. The only proactive way to reduce and eliminate pet overpopulation is through spay and neuter.
Building a Healthy & Humane Community
Spaying and neutering is the only 100% proven way to reduce the overpopulation of pets and feral cats, proving to be a wise investment in saving animal lives and taxpayer dollars.
Program Details

All eligible pet owners and/or caregivers must prove they are city residents by showing two bills with a valid city address and a driver's license or equivalent form of identification with a valid city address. The cat colony must be located inside the city limits for feral cats.

City Animal Care and Control will be responsible for determining if an applicant is eligible for the program. The Animal Control administrator will scan and/or e-mail the documents to the individual shelter coordinators handling the City Spay & Neuter Program for scheduling.

Pet Limit: It is a city policy that no resident have more than five animals; therefore, five animals will be the maximum animals allowed per pet owner for this spay/neuter promotion. Partner shelter organizations will not be responsible for punitive action against pet owners who have more than five animals.

Vaccinations: It is required that pet owners bring up to date vaccination records of all animals before surgery. While the partner shelter organizations will vaccinate animals that are not up to date, a current record will minimize the redundancies of vaccinating an animal that has already been vaccinated. Vaccines should be completed 7 to 10 days prior to surgery and can be scheduled at some shelter partner facilities or other providers once their application has been approved for an additional charge. Any animal that cannot have vaccines will be handled on a case by case basis by the shelter partners and other providers.

Advanced Documentation: It is necessary for all eligible pet owners and/or caregivers to send in their documentation of city residency, valid City of Pittsburgh dog license and up to date vaccination records to Animal Care and Control for approval prior to scheduling a surgery day. If the application is not properly completed then the application for the City Spay & Neuter Program will be denied until the appropriate documentation is received and approved by the City Animal Care and Control office.

Identification: All dogs must be identified appropriately by wearing their valid city of Pittsburgh dog license and rabies tag on their collar the day of the procedure.

All owned cats must be identified appropriately by wearing their rabies tag on their collar the day of the procedure.

Additional fees: City Residents can purchase a Microchip for a owned pet at the time of surgery for a nominal fee. Please discuss this with the venue of your choosing at the time your pet is scheduled for surgery.

More Information

Restrictions: Shelters will not perform surgery on dogs over six years of age without blood work and Veterinary approval for the procedure. Shelters will provide the pre-surgical blood work for an additional fee to determine the health and eligibility of the animal for the City Spay & Neuter Program.

Pre/Post-Surgery: Animals will be dropped off in the morning or the night prior to surgery, and will be released during the late afternoon/early evening the day of surgery. No animal will leave unless it is fully conscious and functioning. Feral caregivers are generally asked to hold ferals overnight before release. When animals are dropped off, if the veterinarian decides an animal is too sick or congested for surgery, the animal will not be cleared for anesthesia and will not undergo surgery.

Feral Cats: Caregivers will be responsible for trapping cats. All feral cats must be brought in to the shelters in a humane trap. A feral cat that is not in a trap will be turned away and the procedure will be rescheduled for a time when the cat can be properly contained for our employee's safety. All three shelters and City Animal Control have traps that they will loan to caregivers with a deposit of $50.00, and each shelter will train caregivers on how to use the traps properly. It will be necessary to loan the traps out with a deposit since the programs' success is based on the ability to have working materials to safely catch and return feral cats. Traps will only be loaned out to clients using our service.

Other Spay/Neuter Programs

Several institutions and organizations offer help for pet spay and neutering or low-cost service. Some programs may be restricted by geographical areas, income levels or veterinarians. Some institutions in the Pittsburgh region include:


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