Roughly 25 percent of MN SNAP’s subsidized surgeries were for rescue and shelter pets. How can we help you become a client?

MN SNAP provides high-quality and affordable spay and neuter services to qualifying 501(c)(3) rescues and shelters across the state of Minnesota.

Rescues and shelters must meet qualifications and be registered with MN SNAP in order to receive subsidized surgeries for their animals.

Register your Organization
Any rescue or shelter organization that receives services from MN SNAP must be a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization and provide a copy of its Federal Letter of Determination to the MN SNAP Office Manager at To schedule an appointment for surgery, please view the online calendar to find clinic locations and dates that will work with your foster parent(s) and your schedule. If your organization can provide the minimum number of surgeries (30) required by MN SNAP to hold a clinic and meets the site criteria, we will drive to your location.

Please email the MN SNAP Office Manager at with your preferred date/location and the number of pets needing surgery. We are committed to scheduling our rescues and shelters as soon as possible, so if you see a clinic location that works best, but is listed as full, we may still be able to care for your pets.

A completed surgical consent form must be provided for each pet before or at check-in. Payment may be made by cash or check on the day of surgery or may be invoiced by request to be paid within 30 days.

Veterinary staff will perform pre-surgical exams and sterilize all pets scheduled for that day. At the end of the day, post-surgical instructions, signed sterilization certificates and pain medications will be sent with the pets.

If a patient experiences post-operative complications, call the veterinarian at 612-720-1492 for North Minneapolis stationary clinics or 612-759-0880 for mobile surgery clinics, and she will discuss the case and establish next steps. If the veterinarian determines that MN SNAP is responsible for the post-operative complications, expenses related to that visit will be covered.

Alternatively, you may present the patient to a non-participating vet at your expense.

  • Kittens must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds.
  • Puppies* must be at least eight weeks old. *Toy breed puppies must be at least three months old.
  • Rabbits must be six months old.
  • Pets must be healthy, hydrated and eating the day of surgery.
  • Pets should eat as they do normally – fasting is not necessary.
  • Our anesthetic protocol does not require pets to be fasted. In fact, we discourage it.
  • Dogs must taken out to potty before check-in.
  • Rabbits must have hay and water in their cage.
  • Pets must be temperamentally sound or muzzled.
  • Pets must arrive in a carrier or kennel with bedding.
  • Carriers/kennels must be marked with the rescue/shelter name and pet names.
  • Animals that are pregnant or in heat can be safely spayed.
A pre-surgical physical exam will determine
  • Pet’s gender
  • Sterilization status
  • Weight
  • Hydration level
  • Activity level
  • Body condition
  • Heart sounds
  • External parasites
  • Presence of an umbilical hernia
  • Obvious signs of disease such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing
  • *Patients with skin disease will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Also included
  • Free nail trim for all dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Sterilization certificates
  • Post-surgical instructions
  • Core vaccination information
  • Go-home pain medication for dogs and female cats
Cat Neuter $40
Cat Spay $50
Rabbit Neuter $50
Rabbit Spay $60
Dog Spay or Neuter (under 40 lbs.) $70
Dog Spay or Neuter (40-70 lbs.) $80
Dog Spay or Neuter (over 70 lbs.) $90
Rabies (for pets over 3 months old) $10
PRC (panleukopenia/rhinotracheitis/calcivirus combo for cats) $10
DHPP (distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvovirus combo for dogs) $10
Topical flea/ear mite/tick treatment $15
Injectable tapeworm medication $10
Microchip including registration $20
Clinic Calendar Register Qualified Animals