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 and dogs, Polk County):

Cat $60: spay/neuter, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations, and microchip
Dog $80: spay/neuter, DA2PP and rabies vaccination, and microchip

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

Kitten* $30: must be 8 weeks+, and weigh 2 lbs+; includes spay/neuter for kittens that weight under 4.5 pounds*, FVRCP vaccination, and rabies vaccination (if age appropriate), eartipping optional**

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

**Eartipping is optional for Purr Project cats, we highly recommend it for cats that must be trapped to be brought in for spay/neuter surgeries. 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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