“Prevent a Litter” Month Brings Low Cost Spay and Neuter Opportunities to Northern Lower Michigan

Photo credit: AC PAW

Photo credit: AC PAW

Along with spring comes an influx of puppies and kittens. Litters show up all over the place and often there are no homes available. The pregnant moms and later their kittens often end up staying at the shelter for long periods of time or are euthanized because enough homes aren’t available. Spaying and neutering our pets is an easy way to reduce the number of puppies and kittens that are born and later killed. Spaying and neutering also has health and behavioral benefits including the reduction of certain cancers, stopping the urine marking, less dog aggression and roaming. The following counties and organizations offer low cost spaying & neutering programs…

Cheboygan County

Cheboygan County Humane Society Spaying & Neutering – Shelter Pets

The Cheboygan County Humane Society received a $9,940 grant from the State of Michigan for 2014. The funding is earmarked to spay and neuter animals that wind up at the shelter before they go out for adoption, but will still benefit the shelter’s spay and neuter coupon program for the public. “This will free up the money we normally use for spaying and neutering the shelter animals so that we can put it into the coupon program for people to spay or neuter their own private pets,” Talaske explained. “The funds are only good for a year, so we want to spay and neuter as many pets as we can before they run out.” The coupon program allows any pet owner in the county to call the shelter and request a coupon. There is a limit of one pet per household. Any veterinarians in Cheboygan County can be used, as well as a Rogers City veterinary clinic. Click here for more info about the grant.

Emmet, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (LTBHS) Programs – Cats and Dogs

LTBHS has two different spay/neuter programs using a voucher system. “Spay it Forward” is a low cost spay/neuter program which makes sterilization available to low-income families through a simple application process and swift appointment scheduling. This is available for residents of Emmet County. You can learn more on their website here.

The Pit Stop Program was created to decrease the reproduction rates of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes due to the high euthanasia rates of this breed and the high number of them entering animal shelters across the country. Pit Bull pet dog owners as asked to visit the shelter, fill out a voucher and make an appointment at the Pellston Animal Clinic. This program is available to residents of Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. At no charge to the owner, the dog will be sterilized, micro-chipped and vaccinated for rabies. For more information, please click here or call Julie at LTBHS.

Grand Traverse County

Handds to the Rescue Low Cost Spaying & Neutering – Dogs

Handds to the Rescue was a recipient of charity funds during the Swingshift & the Stars event due to their participation with NUP (No Unwanted Pets). Handds is currently running monthly spay/neuter clinics for dogs. Anyone can apply and prices are decided on a sliding scale for people who live on a low income. Their goal is to run the clinics as long as they can fund them and spay and neuter as many dogs as they can. The dog has to be at least four months old. Please email Handds for their application here or call Dorothy at 409-4833 to arrange to have an application emailed to you or picked up at one of the HANDDS adoption events.

Cherryland Humane Society “Prevent a Litter” Promotion for Adopters –
Cats and Dogs

The Cherryland Humane Society is observing “Prevent a Litter” Month during the month of April. This promotion is intended to promote the awareness of the very serious pet overpopulation problem and the importance of having dogs and cats spayed or neutered. Adopted unaltered CHS shelter animals receive a reduced spay/neuter fee through the CHS Veterinary Assistance Program. In addition, a $10 spay/neuter rebate is being offered for each unaltered dog or cat adopted from CHS during the month of April. The shelter is located at 1750 Ahlberg Road in Traverse City. Call 231-946-5116 for more information.

For Animals

For assistance with spay/neuter of your dog or cat, please contact For Animals at 231- 492-0063.

Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim & Kalkaska Counties

AC PAW Spay & Neuter Project – Dogs and Cats

AC PAW is working with eight local veterinarians to be able to provide low cost spaying and neutering to as many cats and dogs as possible. Participating clinics include Mancelona Veterinary Hospital, Northwood Animal Hospital, Suttons Bay Vet Clinic, Brookside Vet Hospital, Long Lake Animal Hospital, Animal Medical Center, Bay West Animal Clinic, Elk Rapids Vet Clinic, Kalkaska Animal Hospital and Platte Lake Vet Hospital. Pet owners who qualify will be issued a voucher to be used at one of the clinics. The amount of co-pay required will depend on the financial situation of each pet owner and their ability to pay. The pre-set fees for the surgery are the same for every participating clinic and appear on the application. You will be asked to choose your first and second choice of a veterinarian on your application as well as how much you are able to contribute to the surgery. Each clinic does require basic vaccinations be UTD and if not, the user will have to arrange with the clinic to pay for that separately. 

Please do not call the clinics directly until after you are pre-approved by AC PAW, have your co-pay confirmed and are issued a voucher. That is the time when you should make your appointment. The age requirement of a dog or cat to be sterilized varies at the different clinics. AC PAW will consider sterilizing feral populations and multiple-animal families as well as individual pets. There is no limit on the number of animals that the program will assist with.

People seeking assistance can fill out this application: acpaw_Assistance-request-form and mail it to AC PAW Spay & Neuter Project, PO Box 37 Acme 49610. There is also an online application at nounwantedpets.org. It will take 3-5 days for approval or denial of your application.

If you would like to make a donation to the program so that more cats and dogs can be spayed and neutered, please write your check out to AC PAW Spay & Neuter Project and send it to PO Box 37, Acme, MI  49610.  You can also make a donation via PayPal by clicking here.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Spay Neuter project, please spread the word. You can also help at upcoming fundraisers and help to get corporate sponsors. There will be corporate sponsorship packages available in the future. For volunteer opportunities or if you have any other questions, please email them here: fixthemallacpaw@gmail.com.

Please keep an eye on Facebook and the website up upcoming “open” clinics and possible free spay/neuter days for specific breeds like bully breeds or male cat neuter days.

Lake County (and others who do not have local program)

Missaukee Humane Society Low Cost Spaying & Neutering – Cats and Dogs

The Missaukee Humane Society (MHS) of Lake City was awarded a $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor to start a community spay and neuter program for qualifying Missaukee County residents. A community spay and neuter program has been a long-term goal for shelter manager Kyle Musselman, who has been at the shelter for almost 10 years. “We receive many calls from county residents who have a litter of kittens or puppies who need to bring them in to find homes. People always want to adopt puppies and kittens. Which means the older dogs and cats are overlooked. We want to increase their adoption rates and reduce the number of unwanted pets in Missaukee County.”

The spay and neuter program began November 18, 2013 and runs through June 10, 2014. Interested people are encouraged to contact MHS. Designated MHS staff will conduct door to door visits in certain Missaukee County communities for participation in the program.

In addition to the community spay and neuter program, MHS offers low-cost microchipping for community owned pets. “Many animals are brought to the shelter with new collars, but no forms of identification. We offer microchipping for $20 per animal and as stray animals come into the shelter they are scanned by staff.” said Musselman. “Microchipping creates a faster reunion with your pet.”

Spay and neuter voucher applications will be available on the MHS website or in person at the shelter. For questions regarding this program or micro-chipping your pet(s), please contact shelter manager Kyle Musselman. 231-839-3800

Manistee & Lake Counties

The Save a Buddy Fund – Pit Bulls

The Save A Buddy Fund is a new non-profit started in January, 2014.  This fund supports spaying and neutering of dogs and puppies thereby addressing the problem of pet overpopulation, which leads to abandonment, neglect and abuse of our canine companions.  The initial focus of the Save A Buddy Fund is the “Pit Stop Program” which promotes the spaying and neutering of pit bulls and pit mixes.  Sadly, these types of dogs are entering animals shelters at an alarming rate, they are the hardest type of dog to adopt out and they often languish for months in shelters.



The Pit Stop Program offers owners of pit bulls and pit mixes $100 towards the cost of spaying and neutering and is available to pet owners who live in Manistee and Lake counties.  The application process is simple and there are no income restrictions.  As long as funds are available, anyone owning this type of dog will receive a $100 certificate towards the cost of spaying and neutering their pit bull or pit mix.  You can contact the Save A Buddy Fund by leaving a voice mail at 231-463-7425 or emailing them at saveabuddyfund@charter.net.  Save a life!  Spay and Neuter! The Save a Buddy Fund was established in memory of our beloved dog Buddy (see photo). You can visit the Save a Buddy Fund Facebook page here.

Mecosta County 

Mecosta County Spay-Neuter Vaccination Clinic

Call 989-330-5147 to schedule or information Mecosta County Spay – Neuter – Vaccination Clinics. Feline Spay $45. Feline Neuter $30. Canines by weight. Website: http://www.cowdogrescue.com

Roscommon County

The Roscommon County Animal Shelter received a $7,000 grant from the State of Michigan for 2014 to be used for spaying and neutering their shelter cats. In addition to that, they have low cost spay/neuter clinics for Roscommon County residents for $30 neuters and $40 for spays – cats only. They do the clinics on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Please contact the shelter for more information at (989) 366-0260.

Wexford County

Wonderland Humane Society Spay & Neuter Assistance – Cats and Dogs

The non-profit group called Wonderland out of Cadillac offers pet owners spay & neuter assistance to people in the community – both current pet owners and those looking to adopt a dog from the Wexford County Animal Shelter. Click here for their application. You can also reach them at 231-920-6405 or go to their Facebook page here.



3 thoughts on ““Prevent a Litter” Month Brings Low Cost Spay and Neuter Opportunities to Northern Lower Michigan

  1. Michele Simons April 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Excellent. Hope we get something going here. Michele

    Pet Friends Magazine News • Events • Adoptab

  2. MARIANNE KALINOWSKI KALINOWSKI December 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Fantastic analysis – I am thankful for the insight – Does anyone know if my assistant could find a fillable CT PC-371 copy to edit ?

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