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With three licensed veterinarians on staff, ARL pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption. The ARL also provides some spay and neuter surgery services for owned pets: spay or neuter surgery, vaccines and microchip at low cost. These surgeries are performed by ARL and partner veterinarians. The ARL offers these spay/neuter surgery services to areas of focus which include owned/cared for outside/barn cats for Polk County residents and owned cats and dogs whose owners live in the city of Des Moines. The ARL offers a limited number of spay/neuter surgery services Tuesday-Thursday for owned pets whose owners qualify due to financial need or financial hardship:

Low Cost Spay/Neuter surgery services (qualified owners of cats, Polk County; qualified owners of dogs, Des Moines):

Cat $50: spay/neuter, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations
Dog up to 60 lbs $100: spay/neuter, DA2PP and rabies vaccination

Dog 61-100 lbs $120: spay/neuter, DA2PP and rabies vaccination
Dog 101+ lbs*: cost to be determined per quote
Microchip: $15 per dog/cat

Purr Project Spay/Neuter surgery services (qualified owners/caretakers of cats that live outside/barn, Polk County):

Cat $45: spay/neuter cat weighing over 4.5 pounds, FVRCP and rabies vaccination, eartipping required**

**Eartipping is required for Purr Project spay/neuter program cats. Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated community cat. Eartipping is the removal of the top quarter of one of the cat’s ear. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized for the spay or neuter surgery. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and the eartip does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat. Eartipping protocol from Alley Cat Allies:


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