Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Female pets are “spayed” and male pets are “neutered”. This is sometimes also called “altering”. This surgery makes them unable to reproduce so your pet will not contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation. There are many more puppies, kittens and other pets born every day than there are homes to care for them. Those that are without homes suffer from disease and malnutrition and are put to death because no one wants them. Plus, spaying and neutering can help to reduce behavior problems in your pet. Altered dogs and cats are less likely to fight with other animals and are less inclined to spray and urinate in the house. There are also health benefits to spaying and neutering. The possibility of certain types of cancer is eliminated or greatly reduced in animals that have been altered.

I want to spay or neuter my pet but can’t afford it. Can Pet Haven help?20641874345_d85cc3969b_z

Yes. Pet Haven, in partnership with MnSnap or Kindest Cut, will pay 100% of the cost of spay/neuter surgery for the pets of qualified low-income families. The surgery will be performed at the MnSnap or Kindest Cut locations. To be eligible for the program, you must qualify based on your household income and number of persons in your household as outlined in the table below. If you qualify based on these guidelines, please download and complete the MnSnap application located here.

If your annual household income for the number of persons in your household exceeds the amount listed in the table below, we will be unable to provide subsidized spay/neuter for your pet. Please go to the websites of MnSNAP or Kindest Cut, organizations which provide low-cost spay/neuter to those in need, to schedule a surgery for your pet at a cost that should be well within your means.



I work with an animal welfare group. Can we receive a spay/neuter grant from Pet Haven?

Pet Haven offers Spay/Neuter grants to 501(c)3 organizations concerned about the welfare of animals. Your organization must apply for the grant and your application will be reviewed by the Grant committee. Pet Haven’s mission focuses on cats and dogs and we anticipate that most of the grants will be awarded to similarly focused groups. However, applications from groups that work with other small animals will also be considered.

Organizations that participate in any of the following activities do not qualify for these grants: breeding animals; using or releasing animals for use in medical or other experimentation; and organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin in policy or practice.

Organizations must be based and work in Minnesota or be a partner of Pet Haven to receive a grant.

The grant must be used for spay and neuter surgical procedures. The funds may also be used for pre-operative examinations, pre-operative and intra-operative pain management, and emergency veterinary care related to the surgery. This will enable grantees to use their own funds to provide additional services, such as vaccinations and microchipping, for the same animals that are being altered.

If you have questions regarding the grants for rescue groups and humane societies, or would like to receive a grant application, please email