The ARL offers spay/neuter assistance to owners who qualify in the Des Moines metro to help reduce unwanted litters and address the problem of pet overpopulation.

Local Program Criteria to Qualify Cost Services Covered

Spay & Neuter Assistance


  • Des Moines metro area residents
  • Receive financial assistance or be low-income
  • Male & Female pets in same households will take priority
  • Wait time can be 6 months or longer



  • 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 other 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.