PALS Program

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The PALS (Prevent Another Litter Subsidy) program is offered by the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) to reduce our community’s homeless pet population by assisting people who do not have the financial ability to spay or neuter their animals. Citizens of Edmonton and surrounding communities with low income can apply to have their dog(s) and/or cat(s) spayed/neutered through PALS, and pay only the administration fee. 

Why spay and neuter your pets? 

  • Prevent unwanted litters and reduce pet overpopulation
  • Reduces unwanted behaviours such as roaming, spraying, mounting, persistent barking or meowing
  • Decreases the likelihood of fight-related injuries
  • May increase life span of pet
  • Reduces risks of medical problems, such as certain types of cancer

Each year, unplanned and unwanted litters create millions of homeless pets. Spaying and neutering is one of the steps we can take to get at the root of pet overpopulation, preventing unwanted litters and reducing the number of homeless pets.

Did you know?  

Cats can give birth to three litters a year, with litters ranging in size from 6-12 kittens. Dogs can give birth to two or three litters a year, with litters ranging in size from 5-15 puppies depending on the size of the dog. Over five years, the impact of spaying or neutering just one cat or dog could prevent approximately 248,832 unplanned puppies or kittens in the Edmonton area [1].

In 2016, EHS completed 916 spay/neuter surgeries through the PALS program.

Who can apply for PALS?  

  • People in Edmonton and surrounding communities who can show proof of low income and have a cat or dog that needs to be spayed/neutered.
    • Proof of income form can include any government-issued paperwork stating your yearly household income, such as: AISH card, Tax Notice of Assessment, or Social Assistance Statement.
    • Proof of income submitted must show your full name on the document to be accepted. We cannot accept paystubs or bank statements.

How do I apply? 

  • Complete the online application form with your proof of income. 
  • Pay the administration fee within 30 days of submitting your application, by including your credit card information with the application form, or pay at the shelter by cash, credit, debit or money order.
    • Cost of administration fee is $25 per cat, and $50 per dog.
  • Your application will be reviewed within 14 days of submitting online, and once approved the payment for your administration fee will be processed. 
  • Upon approval and receipt of payment, you will be contacted by our team to book a spay/neuter appointment for your cat or dog. Appointments are typically booked 2-3 months in advance.


Complete the application online


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[1] This calculation is based on one animal having an average of three litters per year, each consisting of an average of four puppies or kittens. The five-year extrapolation of the calculation also accounts for the resulting offspring having an average of three litters per year, each consisting of four puppies or kittens.