spayneuterAccording to the Humane Society of the United States, there are between eight and ten million cats and dogs entering American shelters every year. Four to five million of these animals are euthanized.

Even with a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance many people in Santa Cruz still do not spay/neuter their pets, especially during times of economic hardship. This program is aimed at fighting pet overpopulation and preventing animals from ever entering shelter doors.

To read about the Spay/Neuter ordinance currently in place in Santa Cruz County click below.

Spay/Neuter Ordinance

Low Cost Spay/Neuter For Santa Cruz County Residents


Residents of Santa Cruz County:

Santa Cruz Animal Shelter’s PLANNED Pethood Spay and Neuter Program

This program provides access to high quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for ALL resident dogs, cats and rabbits of Santa Cruz County. This is accessible to all Santa Cruz County resident pets, regardless of household income. Please click the link above for more details about this program.

Residents of the City of Watsonville:

FOWAS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter offers this program to low-income Watsonville and Freedom residents. Certificates are used at one of the local participating veterinarians and proof of income must be supplied.  Please click the link above for more details about this program.

Spay/Neuter for Feral Cats:

Project Purr Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR)

Project Purr offers a FREE Trap-Neuter-Return spay/neuter program for FERAL cats and kittens over 4 months of age to all residents of Santa Cruz County, regardless of income, no voucher required. Cats must come in individual humane traps and surgeries are offered 7 days a week at East Lake Animal Clinic in Watsonville, no appointment necessary. Please click the link above for more details about this program


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