Free & Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Resources for Cats
Zimmer Feline Foundation 505-466-1676
PET CATS--Zimmer Feline Foundation is the #1 provider of FREE spay/neuter for Taos area cats!
Zimmer Feline Foundation 505-466-1676 provides veterinary support for pet cats living in low‐income homes (under $50K/year) — by providing them with a free and local spay/neuter & vaccine(s) 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 Feline Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) private operating foundation, operating in New Mexico since 2010.
Because this is a "pet cat" program, Zimmer can provide assistance only where the number of cats in the home (fixed or not) is within a reasonable limit for providing lifelong care. Qualifications are listed on the Zimmer Feline Foundation website.
In Taos surgery is performed at the Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic after you have arranged for assistance with the Zimmer Foundation. You may also use your Zimmer voucher for a FREE pet cat spay/neuter at many participating vets including the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital, the Española Valley Humane Society and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter's satellite spay/neuter clinic. NOTE: both the Española and Santa Fe Humane clinics provide quick appointments and can safely spay/neuter kittens 8 weeks and older. Please call 505-466-1676 or visit the Zimmer Foundation website for program details. Service area includes Taos, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and other counties.
Española Valley Humane Society (EVHS) 505-753-0228 for appointments. NO VOUCHER REQUIRED.
The EVHS offers FREE spay-neuter for Taos area cats with funding provided by the Zimmer Feline Foundation. Check-in with cat(s) between 8am-9am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays (excluding holidays). Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays offer the earlier pick up times so you can get back to Taos sooner. For cats older than 4 months, please do not feed the cat breakfast on the morning of the surgery (water is fine). If your kitten is between 2-4 months, please feed a light breakfast of wet food in the early morning before surgery.
FERAL & OUTDOOR CATS—FREE spay/neuter no voucher required; feral cats will be ear-tipped. Includes free vaccines.
No appointment needed for feral cats, but please give the staff a call that you are bringing a feral cat(s).
PET CATS--FREE spay/neuter no voucher required. Includes free optional microchip & vaccines.
With funding from the Zimmer Feline Foundation, the EVHS offers free spay/neuter & vaccines for Taos area feral cats as well as Taos area pet cats and barn cats, etc. You can borrow a feral cat trap locally from Planned Pethood Taos 575-613-4110, NNMFOA 575-779-5543 (in Questa), or FCAL 575-776-2928.
FREE spay-neuter & vaccines for lower-income Taos area pet cats at the Española Valley Humane Society is also covered by the Zimmer Feline Foundation. For cats (pet or feral/outdoor) cared for by residents of Rio Arriba County, Española Valley Humane Society offers FREE spay/neuter services and low cost vaccinations, no voucher required. Please call 505-753-0228 to schedule an appointment.
Planned Pethood Taos 575-613-4110
Since our non-profit seeks to reduce the pet overpopulation in the Taos area, if you are unable to get your cat (pet, stray, or feral) spayed/neutered for FREE via the Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher program, and have no way of getting to the Española Valley Humane for a free cat spay-neuter, then please call us at 575-613-4110 for help.
348 cats from Taos were fixed/vaccinated for free via Planned Pethood Taos' FREE spay-neuter/vaccines clinics for cats from mid 2014 through early 2017. Starting in Jan 2017, we arranged for the Española Valley Humane to offer ongoing FREE pet/outdoor/barn/feral cat S-N-vaccines for Taos via funding from the Zimmer Feline Foundation.
Planned Pethood Taos has a variety of feral cat traps for loan if you are willing to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) a feral cat(s).
Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society (SFAS&HS) 505-474-6422
Got a trapped feral cat on Friday afternoon?? SATURDAY SPAY-NEUTER APPTS AVAILABLE!
Spay-neuter clinic is at 2570 Camino Entrada, Santa Fe, 87507
Cats, Dogs & 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.”
- Taos area cats are eligible for FREE spay/neuter-vaccines at the SFAS&HS' satellite spay/neuter clinic via a Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter 575-758-2981
Please bring your kittens to Stray Hearts to help stop pet overpopulation in Taos!
The kittens will be vaccinated, spay/neutered, and put up for adoption.
Please get the mom cat fixed for free: Free cat & kitten spay-neuter/vaccines through Zimmer Feline Foundation (at Salazar Vet in town, ages 4 months & older) and Española Valley Humane (ages 2 months & older).
If you choose re-home some/all of your cat's kittens: please do not give out the kittens without getting them fixed (most new cat owners don't follow through with spay-neuter before a 4-6 month old kitten makes more kittens).
Don't forget to register your cat's microchip for FREE at the Found Animals Registry.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter's 2018 990 Tax Form
Stray Hearts receives over $250,000 of taxpayer money each year to help fund the shelter, with the remaining funding coming from donations.
However, at this time Stray Hearts does not offer spay-neuter, vaccines or microchips for public cats and dogs.
Animal shelters are needed because of unwanted pet cats and dogs. Solve this problem by fixing your cat or dog BEFORE having a litter.
Northern New Mexico Friends of Animals 575-779-5543
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 occasionally has mobile, low-cost spay/neuter clinics in Questa for area residents. For more information call 575-779-5543.