Following an earlier suspension due to COVID restrictions, MEOW’s Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) has now reopened. You may experience delays in booking appointments. Please be patient as our veterinary partners work to meet the needs for all clients.
Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) assists low income cat owners with the cost of spay and neuter surgeries. Please note that you must be 18 years of age and the legal owner of the cat(s).
Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. For additional information, please download our Spay Neuter Assistance Program Brochure!
Why should you spay or neuter your cat?
- There are not enough homes for all cats born
- Fixed cats are happier, healthier and better pets
- Thousands of kittens and cats are put down in Calgary each year due to lack of space
- Spaying and neutering your pets is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. Please do your part.
How much does SNAP cost?
SNAP fees are calculated based on financial need. Approved applicants pay a portion of the cost and SNAP pays the remainder of the fee to the vet clinic. The SNAP Administrator will advise you of the charge(s) and vet clinic location by email once your application has been approved. Should you have questions or wish to discuss your fee, please contact the SNAP Administrator at email@example.com
What is included?
An initial examination, the spay or neuter surgery, and mandatory permanent identification (i.e. tattoo). Vaccinations are recommended but not required.
How long does it take for the application approval and authorization process?
It takes about 7 – 10 business days.
Who makes the appointment?
Once you receive your clinic information from SNAP, you book the appointment(s) to suit your schedule.
At what age can my cat(s) get fixed?
Spay and neuter surgery can be done as early as 10 to 12 weeks if the kitten is healthy and weighs at least 2 lbs. If your cat is nursing kittens, please apply for her spay after the kittens have been weaned for 2 to 4 weeks.
How many cats can I get fixed through SNAP?
There is no limit. All your cats qualify.
How many cats has SNAP helped?
Since the formation of MEOW Foundation’s SNAP program in July, 2006, SNAP has provided assistance to spay and neuter over 8,000 cats and kittens. Be part of the solution – join us in saving the lives of thousands of cats.
Other Spay/Neuter Assistance Options in Calgary
The No Cost Spay/Neuter Program
The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services offers free spay and neuter surgeries to eligible low-income Calgarians. Visit the City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services website or call 3-1-1 for more information.
Help Spread the Word about SNAP!
Download printable SNAP posters from our Downloads page.
Please also check out the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies’ CFHS Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada to learn more about the importance of the SNAP program in our community.