Free Spay, Neuter Services Available to Pets of Qualified Residents

Paws in the Park

Through a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (AWLMC), with the support of the City of Gaithersburg, is offering free spay and neuter services to pets of qualified residents.

“Each year we see too many unwanted dogs and cats end up in shelters,” said Gaithersburg Animal Control Division Chief Lisa Holland. “Through our partnership with the AWLMC, we’re excited to offer this free program to Gaithersburg residents who might not otherwise be able to afford to have their pets spayed or neutered.”

For low-income residents who qualify, the program will pay the entire cost of spaying or neutering a cat or dog. Also included is a rabies vaccination for pets that are not up to date. Eligibility is based on residency and household income (under $53,500 for a family of four). Dogs must be at least 4 to 5 months old, and cats must weigh at least three pounds. Learn more about the program here.

The application process involves mailing a form and providing copies of proof of residency and income. The services will be available until the grant is depleted. Those who do not qualify for the free program may be eligible for AWLMC’s low-cost spay/neuter program. For questions and information e-mail or call 301-740-2511, option 3.