Spay & Neuter Initiative

Animals spayed/neutered through AARCS’ SNAP and TNR Programs this year to date: July 31, 2023

725+ animals were spayed/neutered in 2022!

We are putting a focus on our Spay/Neuter initiatives to help end the cycle of unwanted pets!

At AARCS we advocate responsible pet ownership, which includes spay and neuter. Not only does spaying and neutering help 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 spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Overpopulation of pets in our province is a vast problem — become part of the solution, please spay and neuter your pets.

First Nations Spay Neuter Assistance Program

AARCS’ Spay Neuter Assistance Program (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 well-being of pets.

Through our AARCS Veterinary Hospital, we offer spay/neuter services for both dogs and cats limited to First Nations Communities of Alberta.


TNR Program

TNR is a humane way of controlling, managing and reducing feral (not domesticated) cat populations in rural areas and communities. This is accomplished by humanely trapping cats that are living in colonies in small towns or on farms and acreages, spay and neutering them and returning them to their home ending the reproduction cycle. AARCS has a team of experienced animal handlers who will travel to the site with everything needed to trap up to 60+ cats in one day. Once they have been trapped, the cats are brought to AARCS’ Veterinary Hospital where they are medically assessed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and given a tattoo. We also ear notch all cats from TNR colonies.  The ear notch method allows us and their caregivers to easily determine if a cat has been spayed or neutered and is commonly used in feral cat colonies to assist in population management. Once they are spayed and neutered, ALL  cats will be returned and released back at the property where they were trapped; the place they call home. A caregiver is identified to watch over the colony and stay in touch with AARCS in case new cats appear on the property and need to be spayed or neutered (why ear notching is important). This will stop the reproduction of more cats and the colony size will reduce over time. We will do our best to assist caregivers should new cats arrive to ensure the population is stabilized for good.  

Many of the cat colonies that we come across have been left unmanaged. An area already suffering from an excess of cats often becomes a common dumping ground for unwanted and unaltered cats, further exacerbating the problem. Left unchecked, these populations will grow exponentially and make it difficult for the caregivers, property owners or communities to gain control without outside help. A cat colony can range in size from a few cats to dozens of cats and there may be several colonies on a property.

AARCS focuses on cases in rural Alberta. For more information on our TNR program or to apply for TNR assistance please email [email protected]

Trap-Neuter-Return Program Perspective

Successfully executing TNR cases throughout Alberta takes resources, time and strategic planning. The guardians of these cats reach out for help and have been extremely patient in waiting for the service to be available to them. This is a crucial program in helping manage the large cat-overpopulation issues within our province. Sadly, cats are considered much more “disposable” than dogs and many end up being discarded on rural properties only adding fuel to an already raging fire. We hope you’ll take some time to understand the depth of the cat overpopulation challenge and consider supporting our community programs by making a donation today. Thank you!

Spay Neuter Partnerships

AARCS partners with the Canadian Animal Task Force to assist in their onsite spay/neuter clinics providing volunteers, equipment, and financial support.