PALS Spay and Neuter Program


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.

Help Prevent Another Litter

Each year, we assist hundreds of animals and pet guardians in reducing homeless animals and unwanted litters.

This program is accessible for low-income people living in Edmonton and surrounding communities (within 200 km) who have a cat or dog between the ages of 4 months to 6 years, who are healthy and that need to be spayed/neutered.

Note: A maximum of six pets per household can be spayed/neutered through the program.

How to Apply for the PALS Program

Due to high demand, the portal opens on the second Monday of every month and closes when the upcoming month’s appointments are filled. Please check back regularly.

Note: Our application process has recently changed. There is now a separate application for dogs and cats, so please ensure you are completing the correct application form. If you have a dog and cat, then you must complete two separate applications. A maximum of six pets (cats or dogs) per household can be spayed/neutered through the program.

Step 1: Obtain Your Proof of Low-Income

Proof of income is required based on the Canadian Low Income thresholds available here, and must show your full name.

Documents include any government-issued paperwork stating your yearly household income, such as:

  • AISH card
  • Social Assistance Statement (full benefit statement)
  • Current Year Tax NOA (web and mailed version)

Please click here to see examples of documents that must be submitted.

Note: We CANNOT accept paystubs, bank statements, or T4’s.

Step 2: Confirm Your Payment

  • Payment is required when you apply and does not guarantee your appointment
  • Payment is processed through PayPal online
    • You do not need a PayPal account if you pay by credit or prepaid card 
  • Administration fees for this program are non-refundable
    • Fees are $40 per animal (cats or dogs)

Note: If you do not submit payment via PayPal, your application will NOT be submitted.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Once you have have your proof of income and are ready to process payment, fill out the applications form available on this page

Before you apply, please be aware that…

  • The application process can take up to 14 days 
  • If approved, appointments are typically booked two (2) months in advance so there may be a considerable wait time between your approval and your appointment.
  • If your pet is in heat:
    • You must advise us during your application. For the safety of the animal we may need to adjust your booking time.
  • If your pet is 6 years or older:
    • Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis and animals over 7 years of age cannot be accepted for this program.

Step 4: Await Confirmation

Completed applications are normally reviewed within 14 days. If not approved, you will receive a notice that your application was not successful. If you are interested in reapplying, please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in Step 1.

PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t get a confirmation email within 24 hours, your application did not complete and you will need to reapply. This most often happens because of missing or incomplete payment.

Mobile PALS Unit

We’re taking our spay and neuter services on the road and coming to communities throughout Edmonton, this summer. The Mobile PALS Unit helps to make our PALS spay and neuter program more accessible.

The Mobile PALS 2024 season will run from the first week of May to the end of July. The application portal will open:

  • the second Monday of March to fill May appointments.
  • the second Monday of April to fill June appointments.
  • the second Monday of May to fill July appointments.

The application portal will automatically close once the appointments for the Mobile Unit are filled.

Different locations will be available on the application each month, so please check the following month if the locations listed on the current application portal don’t work for you.

Note: Mobile PALS can only accommodate small dogs (under 30 lbs) and there are a limited number of appointments available.

*Appointments only available for dogs 30lbs and under.

In-shelter PALS program applications for cats are closed. Please apply to the Mobile Unit PALS program instead.

*Appointments only available for dogs 30lbs and over.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our pricing has recently changed to better support this program. Administration fees for this program are $40 per animal and are non-refundable.

Yes, it is mandatory that each pet that goes through the PALS Program is microchipped. The only time we do not administer a microchip is if the pet already has one.

No, it does not cost extra.

No, we only have the medical license to spay/neuter cats and dogs for the public through our subsidized program (PALS).

No, we are only able to spay/neuter cats and dogs through our PALS Program currently.

Yes, each cat or dog that goes through the PALS Program is eligible to receive a rabies vaccine and a combination vaccine (if needed). For more information on what vaccines are offered, click here.

No, it does not cost extra.

No, we only have a medical license to administer vaccines at the time of surgery.

No, we are able supply cones for each cat/dog that goes through the PALS Program.

We ask that once the cone is no longer required, to please return it — if possible.

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.

Funding from Pet Valu and the City of Edmonton help to make this program possible!

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