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 ACC 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.

ACC does not perform spay or neuter services for the public unless the animal is currently in one of our Care Centers. However, ACC 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.

All animals that are adopted from ACC 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.

Once you select a pet for adoption, he or she will be scheduled for the surgery and you will be notified when you need to return to pickup your pet. You will need to follow post-operative instructions to ensure his or her healthy recovery; you may find these details on Page 6 in the Adoption booklet provided to you at the time of your pet's adoption (or by clicking here for a Cat or Dog).

If an animal is already spayed or neutered, you will be able to to take him or her home on the same day of adoption. As per your signed contract at the time of adoption, you do not have legal ownership of the pet until the animal is spayed or neutered. If your animal was rejected for surgery and you were approved to take him home on a spay/neuter waiver, you will be required to return when he is healthy and, as indicated in your contract signed at the time of adoption, have the surgery completed. You may schedule the Spay/Neuter Appointment online.

If you are a New Hope partner who needs to book a surgery appointment, you may schedule your Spay/Neuter Appointment online. Please remember that this is not a public spay/neuter program.

Featured Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs:

ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics

The ASPCA strives to make spay/neuter accessible and affordable for all New York City residents. Low-income pet parents in New York City's five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or public housing qualify for heavily subsidized spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. Those receiving unemployment benefits do not qualify.

Spay/Neuter Fees for Cats and Dogs:
  • With proof of public assistance: $5
  • Without proof of public assistance: $125

The ASPCA also partnered with the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to provide free spay/neuter services for a limited time to low-income residents of New York City. In order to qualify for this free offer you must bring the following to a Mobile Clinic in Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island:
  • A printed voucher [PDF] for free surgery
  • A government issued photo ID showing a New York City address
  • Proof of benefits
What services are provided for pets?
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Rabies vaccine (Under New York City law, we must provide this unless a pet parent presents a current rabies vaccination certificate signed by a veterinarian. A rabies tag is not sufficient proof.)
  • FVRCP vaccine for cats/DA2PPV vaccine for dogs (We do not provide vaccinations or any other services to animals who are NOT being spayed/neutered.)
  • Nail trim
  • Small tattoo, placed close to the incision site when an animal is spayed/neutered (Tattoos let shelters and veterinarians easily identify that an animal has already been spayed/neutered. This is especially important for female animals, as presence of a tattoo can help the animal avoid undergoing an unnecessary surgery in the future.)
  • E-collar
  • Microchip, offered for an additional $20 per animal
  • For more information, please call: 877.SPAY.NYC (877.772.9692) Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00AM - 8:00PM or please visit their ASPCA's Spay/Neuter website.

The Toby Project

  • 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:

For more information, please visit the Toby Project.

Helping Paw

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)

Bideawee Veterinary Practice

  • 410 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
  • Phone: 212.532.5884
  • E-mail:

Friends of Animals, Spay and Neuter Certificate Program

Humane Society of NY, Animal Clinic

  • 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.

Muffin's Pet Connection, Spay/Neuter Certificate Program

New Rochelle Humane Society Low Cost Spay/Neuter Certificates

P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County

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.