Spay and Neuter


One female cat can have as many as three litters a year. Dogs can have as many as two. With an average litter being four to six kittens or puppies, the burden placed on our shelter is too large to manage. Therefore, SPCA St. John’s offers a Spay and Neuter Assistance Program to reduce the population of animals needing homes.

This assistance program is for dog or cat owners on the Avalon Peninsula only. Residents of Bell Island please scroll down for the Bell IslandSpay and Neuter Assistance Program. At this time, we do not accept applications from residents of St. John’s. We encourage St. John’s residents to contact the City of St. John’s Humane Services Division by calling 311 for information about their Spay/Neuter Program or by visiting their website.

Benefits of spaying & neutering your pet:

Spaying or neutering your pet not only prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens but can also help your animals lead a happier and healthier life. It eliminates the risk of certain types of cancer in both species and reduces the risk of mammary and uterine infections.

Additionally, spaying and neutering helps eliminate undesirable behaviours such as constant crying and irritating heat cycles of female cats and urine marking, roaming and aggression in male dogs. Additionally, pets that are spayed or neutered generally get along better when sharing the same household.


SPCA Spay & Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

Applications will be accepted for the spaying or neutering of one cat or one dog per household and is based on financial need.

Your portion of the cost is $60.00 for a male cat, $100 for a female cat, $100 for a male dog, and $150.00 for a female dog.

Payment must be received seven days prior to the surgery booking, payable at the SPCA shelter located on RCAF Rd. or by a money order.

Cheques of any nature will not be accepted. Due to the overwhelming interest in this program, your application is valid only 30 days after approval. Once approved, it is important to submit payment immediately.


Once your payment is received, you will be notified of your pet's appointment at your choice of the two veterinary hospitals listed on our application form. Appointment cancelations must be made with a minimum of 48 hours notice and the SPCA must be notified. If you fail to comply with the required period of notice, your application becomes invalid and your payment will not be refunded.





If you need further assistance, please call 726-0301 or email


Applicants who are residents of St. John's must apply at Humane Services. For more information, please visit their website.



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