In 2010, with thanks to the Saskatoon SPCA, SCAT Street Cat Rescue and New Hope Dog Rescue, the City of Saskatoon Animal Services, the Saskatoon Academy of Veterinary Practitioners and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine have joined forces to implement the city’s Animal Services Subsidized Spay/Neuter Program, with its appropriate acronym: SSNP.
The SSNP addresses the issue of numerous unwanted cats and dogs in Saskatoon, arising from the unspayed and unneutered cats and dogs living in the community. Significantly discounted veterinary services and financial resources are being provided to assist low income pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. This program will be reviewed annually.
Any person who has been a permanent resident of Saskatoon for at least one year and whose total household income falls under Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Offs (LICO) is eligible for the program.
Funding will allow for about 200 surgeries, and the program will pay for a maximum of two pets per household. A non-refundable payment of $25 per cat and $40per dog is required by the approved applicant and the rest of the cost will be covered by the veterinarian doing the surgery and the City of Saskatoon. The revenue comes from fees charged for violations of the Animal Control Bylaw and the Dangerous Animal Bylaw.
The first visit to the veterinarian under SSNP involves a pre-operative examination to determine whether or not the animal is fit for surgery. Once suitability has been determined, relevant vaccines will be administered. Upon a second visit to the vet, booster vaccinations will be provided and the surgery will be conducted.
Interested residents must submit a completed application via mail or in-person to the Treasurer’s Office at City Hall (222- 3rd Avenue North, main floor).
Notification of approval or rejection will be made within two weeks after the receipt of the application. If you have questions or concerns relating to the Subsidized Spay Neuter Program, please call 975-2400 or visit the city’s website by clicking here.
This is Annie, a foster with New Hope. We couldn’t resist her face. Can you? Click here to learn more about this baby!