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The ARL provides spay/neuter surgery services for owned pets whose owners qualify due to financial need or financial hardship.

Spay and neuter surgeries are performed by ARL and local veterinarians. To see which program is right for you, see the chart below.

Local Program Criteria to Qualify Cost Services Covered Extra Services

Spay Des Moines


  • Des Moines resident
  • Receive financial assistance or be low-income
  • Indoor cat only


  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Rabies
  • Nail Trim, $5
  • Microchip, $15

Operation CatSnip (TNR)


What is TNR?

  • Des Moines resident
  • Outdoor/Feral cat only


  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • FVRCP vaccinations
  • Rabies
  • Eartipping required*
  • Microchip


The Spay Clinic

Value Vet

Furry Friends

  • All cities and neighborhoods
  • Cats or dogs
Cost varies Services vary Services and costs vary

**Eartipping is required for Operation Catsnip and Purr Project spay/neuter programs. 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 ears. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized for the spay/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: