Every year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized at animal shelters. One part of the solution is finding homes for animals. Another part of the solution is spaying and neutering of family pets. If you've ever wondered how fast a cat, for example, can multiply kittens, the numbers are staggering. Begin with one breeding pair of cats, and assume they will have two litters of kittens a year. If 2.8 kittens in the litter survive, and the cats breed for 10 years, overpopulation occurs rapidly. By the end of year one, there will be 12 kittens, by the end of year five, there will be 12,680. At the end of 10 years, the number of cats will have reached 80,399,780. That's a real problem, 80 million cats. And that's just cats! Dogs reproduce too.
As well as spay and neuter programs helping to provide homes for animals, animals derive health benefits from having reproductive surgery. Spaying helps to prevent cancer and uterine infections in dogs and cats. Neutering helps prevent testicular cancer when done before six months of age. It also reduces roaming and spraying and minimizes aggression.
In most cases, it is against the law to have a dog or cat in Albuquerque that is not spayed or neutered.
Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Options Around Albuquerque
City of Albuquerque Free Spay & Neuter Program
Low and moderate income Albuquerque residents with cats and dogs can take advantage of the free spay and neuter program offered by the Animal Welfare Department. The city has income guidelines and provides surgery at Animal Welfare for dogs that weigh under 50 pounds and have no medical issues, and for cats with no medical issues. For dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds, the city offers a voucher program that will provide access to a spay or neuter surgery at a participating private veterinary clinic.
Bernalillo County Animal Control
For those who do not reside in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County offers financial assistance to qualified residents to help with the cost of spay or neutering. Call 314-0280 for the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).
Animal Humane New Mexico
Spay and neuter services are available to qualified low-income clients at the Animal Humane Clinic. An appointment is necessary. Income or public assistance will be verified by the clinic. Cost is $25 for male and $35 for female cats, and $50 to $100 for dogs, based on weight and gender. Animal Humane also offers a program for feral cats. Pick up a trap and leave a deposit which will be returned to you when the trap is returned. Bring in the trapped feral cat to be spayed or neutered, and then return the cat to where it was found. Return the trap to Animal Humane and get your deposit back.
PACA's Fix the 505
PACA, or People's Anti-Cruelty Association, offers a small-scale spay and neuter program for low-income pet owners. PACA also provides a feral cat trap-fix-release program. If you need help with feral cats, contact PACA at (505) 255-0544. PACA can trap the cats for you, or provide instructions so you can use them yourself. The cats will be fixed, get their shots and be treated for any medical issues.
Santa Fe Humane Society
Low-income Santa Fe residents of both the city and the county can qualify for free spay and neuter services for their pets. The spay/neuter clinic is located at 2570 Camino Entrada and is by appointment only on specific days. Gatos de Santa Fe is a community care program that provides free spaying and neutering for feral cats. The trap-neuter-return program is available by appointment. Call for the use of a trap, which requires a deposit that is returned once the trap is returned.
The clinics listed above also provide low-cost animal vaccination programs.