The ARL offers low-cost spay/neuter assistance to owners who qualify in the Des Moines metro to help reduce unwanted litters and address the problem of pet overpopulation. Appointments are available on a limited first-come, first-served basis. 

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Local Program Criteria to Qualify Cost Services Covered

Spay & Neuter Assistance

  • Des Moines metro area residents
  • Receive financial assistance or be low-income
  • Male and female pets in same households will take priority



  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • FVRCP/DA2PPV vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccinations


The Spay Clinic

Value Vet

Furry Friends

Animal Protection & Education

Iowa Humane Alliance

Panora Pets

  • These are non-ARL options to consider
  • All cities and neighborhoods
  • Cats or dogs
Cost varies Services vary

Click on Operation CatSnip - TNR for more information on caring for community cat colonies.