Spay/Neuter Initiatives

At AARCS we advocate responsible pet ownership, which includes spay and neuter. Not only does spaying and neutering help us control the amount of unwanted and euthanized animals in our community, it is important for your pet’s health and longevity.

All of AARCS animals are spay/neutered prior to adoption. Overpopulation of pets in our province is a vast problem – become a part of the solution, please spay and neuter your pets.

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is one of our many initiatives dedicated to offering affordable spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Alberta.  It is our aim to provide a sustainable and accessible program that will significantly reduce the number of dogs and cats without homes, as well as enhance the health and wellbeing of pets.

Through our network of participating veterinarians, we offer reduced-fee spay/neuter services for both dogs and cats, in rural and urban centres of Alberta.

To apply for SNAP assistance please email to obtain an application.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

TNR is a method of humanely trapping unaltered feral (wild) cats.  They will be in our care on a temporary basis to be spayed and/or neutered.  Once they have healed from their surgery, they will be returned to the location where they were collected. TNR is considered a humane and more effective alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing feral cat populations.

The majority of TNR cases AARCS encounters are from rural properties (farms/rural businesses/etc) with feral/semi-feral cat colonies.  Most of these colonies have had minimal exposure to humans.  The cat colony sizes range anywhere from 5 to 75 – depending on the severity of the situation.  In these cases there is a caregiver who provides food and shelter for the cats, but these cats have not been spayed or neutered and the cat population continues to grow.

Interesting Fact!

Did you know a female cat can start having kittens as young as 4 months old? This means a cat could potentially have up to 100 kittens in her lifetime. As you can imagine it does not take long for the population to increase dramatically.

For more information on AARCS TNR program or to apply for TNR assistance please email

What is the Difference between SNAP and TNR?

Animals with approved applications that come into our SNAP program are, in most cases, owned animals that are not feral (wild).  They will be a combination of indoor/outdoor cats and dogs. TNR specifically relates to feral cats that live in colonies with little-to-no human contact.

AARCS feels by providing spay/neuter assistance we can provide education to people dealing with animal overpopulation and the importance of spay/neutering, but most importantly to provide a HUMANE solution.

Spay Neuter Partnerships

AARCS partners with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force to assist in their onsite spay/neuter clinics by providing volunteers, equipment and financial support.

Other Spay/Neuter Resources

Meow Foundation

City of Calgary

Edmonton Humane Society

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies – Importance of Spay/Neuter