Community Spay/Neuter

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to qualifying, limited income community members in our coverage area. The Truckee shelter does not have a full-service veterinary hospital available for appointments, and we are unable to provide emergency, after hours or weekend care. If you are not in need of financial assistance, please contact your regular Veterinarian for your pet's spay/neuter appointment.

*In order to accomodate our income-based spay/neuter program during COVID-19, our free Pitbull/Chihuahua program and free Veteran programs are suspended indefinitely. Low-cost vouchers will still be provided as always, for income-qualifying community members.

In the meantime, please help us save YOU time, by making sure you understand the income and vaccination requirements for this services - provided below. We will not be able to book an appointment for your pet at the shelter clinic until we receive the current vaccination certificate for the required vaccines. Please take extra care to avoid other unaltered pets, and closely monitor your pets to ensure no unwanted litters occur. If you’re able to make an appointment with a private Veterinarian, we encourage you to do so.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the consequences of the global pandemic.


Program information:

Providing low-cost surgeries to income-qualified community members in Eastern El Dorado County, Eastern Nevada County, Eastern Placer County, Incline Village, Sierra County, or South Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook to Meyers.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Town of Truckee Animal Services, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, and several local veterinarians have combined forces to provide low-cost Community Spay and Neuter options. Through these programs, local community members who require financial assistance can obtain low-cost spay or neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats at our public animal shelter, or at participating Veterinary Hospitals.

Income based surgeries for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe pets take place at the shelter clinic in Truckee. Income based surgeries for all other pets take place at the nearest participating Veterinary Hospital.

**Because the program’s funds are limited, we ask that only pet owners who cannot afford the surgery without assistance use the voucher. This program was not established to act as a discount program, but as a financial assistance program to those in true financial need. Proof of income will be expected upon request. If spay/neuter surgery is not in your budget, please consider adoption from our shelter for your next pet, as every pet adopted is already altered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations!

Additionally, we invite feral & community cat caretakers to alter cats under their care free of charge through our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. TNR surgeries take place at the nearest participating Veterinary Hospital.

Only owned pets qualify for the community spay/neuter program. Because surgery spots are limited, no rescue groups, foster organizations, strays, or shelter pets will be allowed to participate. If you have a contract for your pet with another rescue or shelter organization to provide spay/neuter assistance, please contact them for your appointment.

CSN surgery appointments completed at our shelter are scheduled once per week and are performed by HSTT's Vet, Dr. Mike Ryan, DVM. Our public animal shelter is located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee. Residents of Eastern El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe can have their pets' spay/neuter surgeries completed at participating local veterinarians in South Lake Tahoe if unable to transport their pet to Truckee.

These spots fill up quickly so there will be a wait. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. If your pet is in heat or pregnant, the additional costs associated with the surgery will be your responsibility. Please speak with your veterinarian about these fees and your options.

Qualification Guidelines

  • You must reside in Truckee, Eastern El Dorado County, Eastern Nevada County, Eastern Placer County, Incline Village, Sierra County, or South Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook to Meyers.
  • Your total household income (found on page one of your tax form 1040) must be at or below the median income level for your household size for your county of residence.
  • If you are a Truckee or North Lake Tahoe community member (Eastern Placer County, Eastern Nevada County and Incline Village) your pet MUST be current on all required vaccinations at LEAST 10-14 days prior to surgery.

*Required vaccinations for dogs are RABIES, DAPP & BORDETELLA. Required vaccinations for cats are RABIES & FVRCP. Please plan accordingly.

Your Fees: Cats: $40 | Dogs: $60 | Microchipping: $15

**FREE spay/neuter and microchipping services are available for qualifiers listed on application.

Additional Information:

  • Because of age, illness, size, or other factors, some animals may not be appropriate candidates for spaying or neutering through this clinic. Extra-large breed, brachycephalic, and cryptorchid pets may not be eligible. You should consult with a veterinarian about the suitability of your pet for surgery, but your pet's eligibility will be determined by the shelter medical team.
  • All surgery, including spay/neuter surgery, can have risks. Complications, including injury or death of the animal can occur. It is your responsibility to talk to our veterinarian about this prior to your appointment.
  • Low cost and free microchip implantation is performed during surgery to help increase your chances of finding your pet should s/he get lost without their collar or identification.

How to Participate:

  1. Fill out and submit an online application. An application must be completed for each pet, by the pet's owner. The fastest way to determine eligibility is to complete the online application!
  2. Pets who will be seen at the Truckee Animal Shelter must email required vaccination records to **These applications are not considered complete until the vaccination records are received! Please review required vaccinations and cross-check your pet's records to ensure you have all vaccinations up-to-date, to help expedite your wait time.
  3. South Lake Tahoe applicants will be contacted by HSTT's South Lake Tahoe manager, Mariel Berei, in the order that your application is received. South Lake Tahoe applicants with questions can call Mariel at (530) 542-2857 or email (The fastest way to determine eligibility is to complete the online application!)
  4. Please review the qualification guidelines and additional information provided on this webpage for any questions about where you will be seen, and what requirements must be met in order to participate.

Thank you for your patience as we provide assistance for as many qualifying community members that we can, as quickly as possible!

We wish to thank the following foundations for helping fund this valuable program in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe Area:
Helen Close Charitable Foundation
Lahontan Community Foundation Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
Martis Camp Community Foundation
Mary Jo & Hank Greenberg Animal Welfare Foundation
Queen of Hearts Women's Fund
Tahoe Donner Giving Fund
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals