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.


In an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and with our priority on keeping people and pets in our community healthy and safe, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has modified its services, with some now available by appointment. Please visit our COVID-19 updates page for full details.

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 2018, EHS completed 989 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 through PayPal online with the application form.
    • 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 4-6 months in advance.
  • Important Notes:
    • If your pet is in heat, please let us know, and we will schedule them in six weeks after they’ve shown signs of being in heat.
    • If your pet is 7 years old, your application will need to be approved on a case-by-case basis. If your pet is over the age of 7, your application will not be accepted.

Before you start the application form, please have ready:

  • Your proof of income
  • Payment (credit or debit via Paypal)
  • Cost of administration fee is $25 per cat, and $50 per dog
  • Your payment will be refunded if your application is not approved

After submitting the application and payment, it will be reviewed within 14 days. Upon approval, a member of our team will contact you to book a spay/neuter appointment for your cat or dog. Appointments are typically booked 4 to 6 months in advance.

PALS applications for appointments at our shelter are currently ON HOLD until further notice

Funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada and the City of Edmonton help to make this program possible!