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Zimmer Foundation

CATS ONLY—FREE spay/neuter

Zimmer Foundation provides veterinary support for pet cats living in low‐income homes (under $40K/year) — by providing them with free and local spay/neuter assistance through participating veterinary clinics and — in the event of a treatable medical emergency — with acute care assistance.  By helping these cats keep their original homes, the number of orphaned cats and kittens that are given to shelters or abandoned outdoors to form or join feral cat colonies is reduced.  Zimmer Foundation is an IRS 501(c)3 private operating foundation, operating in New Mexico since 2010.

In Taos surgery is performed at the Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic after you have arranged for assistance with the Zimmer Foundation. Please call 505-466-1676 or visit the Zimmer Foundation website for program details and applications. Service area includes Bernalillo, Catron, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Socorro, Taos, Torrance and Valencia counties.


Taos Feral Feline Friends (TFFF)

CATS ONLY—Pet or Feral—FREE spay/neuter

TFFF helps people adopt strays and ferals directly into their homes via their "Pays To Help Strays" initiative. Through their Pays To Help Strays program, TFFF covers the costs of spay/neuter, FIV/FELV testing, and a complete set of vaccinations for anyone directly adopting a stray or "friendly feral" adult cat into their home. Cats adopted from pet stores, shelters, or breeders are ineligible. Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic participates in TFFF’s spay/neuter programs, but first you must arrange for assistance via TFFF. Please call TFFF at 575-737-9208 for more information.

TFFF offers feral cat Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) services for free to residents in the Taos area. If residents are willing to provide food, water, and shelter sufficient to maintain an existing feral colony, TFFF will trap the cat(s), bring them to the veterinarian for an examination, spay/neuter and vaccinations. Then, the cats are returned to their outdoor homes.


Four Corners Animal League

Dogs & Cats

If you can't afford the costs to spay/neuter your cat or dog, Four Corners can help. If you are interested please call 575-751-0150 and leave the following information: Your name, address, phone number, as well as the age, gender, breed, and number of pets you need spay/neutered, and how much money you can afford to pay or donate. Four Corners utilizes local vets in Taos and Angel Fire to perform the services.


Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

Dogs, Cats & Rabbits

“Surgically preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens (spay/neuter) is the number one priority of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter to prevent homeless puppies and kittens.”

  • At this time: SFAS&HS will spay or neuter ALL mixed breeds at no cost on Thursdays through their Spay Santa Fe program funded by an anonymous donor. Furthermore, SFAS&HS will spay or neuter the following pure-breeds at no cost: Pit bulls, mastiffs, shepherds, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, Labrador retrievers, Shih-tzus, Sharpeis, terrier types and cattle dogs. All others will be charged whatever rate is appropriate to their financial situation. SFAS&HS asks for a $20 co-pay for out-of-county [including Taos] residents.
  • Cats are eligible for free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries through several programs, including the Zimmer Feline Foundation.

Year round, SFAS&HS also offers low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for cats and dogs. Young kittens and puppies need to be a minimum of 2 lbs for spay/neuter. Kittens are usually 2 lbs by 2 months of age. Current pricing information is on their website. No appointment is necessary for vaccination, but appointments are required for spay or neuter services. Call 505-474-6422 to make an appointment.


Española Valley Humane Society

Dogs & Cats

For pets owned by residents of Rio Arriba County, Española Valley Humane Society offers FREE spay/neuter services and low cost vaccinations. Please call 505-753-8662 to schedule an appointment.


Northern New Mexico Friends of Animals

Dogs & Cats

Northern New Mexico Friends of Animals (NNMFOA) is dedicated to providing compassionate and humane care for lost, abandoned, unwanted, injured animals. NNMFOA provides safety, treatment, rehabilitation, socialization, and adoption for pets and livestock. NNMFOA is committed to animal welfare, population control, and community education programs for Northern New Mexico and surrounding areas. NNMFOA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Questa, NM.  NNMFOA periodically has mobile, low-cost spay/neuter clinics in Questa for area residents. For more information call 575-779-5543.


Planned Pethood Taos

Cats & Dogs

A non-profit seeking to reduce the pet overpopulation in the Taos area, Planned Pethood Taos periodically hosts the Santa Fe Humane’s mobile spay/neuter clinic in Taos for Taos County residents. Dog clinics are low-cost and cat clinics are free, both include vaccinations, and are by appointment only. For upcoming clinic dates as well as spay-neuter information please visit Planned Pethood Taos' website, Facebook page, email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 575-613-4110. 


Stray Hearts

Stray Hearts has a "Last Litter" program.  Bring us your kittens or puppies between 2 and 4 months of age, and we'll give you a coupon to get your adult cat or dog fixed.  Please see our Last Litter page for more information.

Periodically Stray Hearts obtains grants that cover the cost of spay/neuter for Taos residents. If we have not posted information about an available spay/neuter grant, then please call Stray Hearts at 575-758-2981 to see if Stray Hearts currently has such funds available for the public.  Stray Hearts has a variety of sources for the spay/neuter of their shelter animals including the Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic, the Taos Veterinary Clinic, Española Valley Humane Society, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, as well as independent vets.


Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM):

Spay-Neuter Resources in New Mexico


Male Horse Gelding

Contact Dr. Bessie Babits, DVM for information.  Her website is Medicine Wheel Equine Center and she is located in Taos.

APNM has a fund for gelding horses.


*Stray Hearts thanks Planned Pethood Taos for compiling the information listed on this page.