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Prevent a Litter Plus (PAL+)

PAL+ provides financial assistance for spay/neuter to those who can prove need. Before you schedule an appointment, please print and return the PAL+ application. Funding is dependent on monies available in the PAL+ fund.

Funds for PAL+ are provided by donations from people like you! Which means that making a donation to PAL+ would be a great way to help with the pet overpopulation problem. Donations of any size are helpful! A donation of $25 can significantly cut the cost of a cat neuter. $50 can pay for a cat spay! And $100 can make a difference to a couple dog owners!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PAL+ Program?

The PAL+ Program is offered by the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic to help low income community members spay (females) or neuter (males) their cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs. Funding from the PAL+ Program currently covers the entire cost of the spay or neuter surgery. Special pricing is offered for rabies vaccinations, distemper combo vaccinations, and microchipping.

Why should animals be spayed/neutered?

Each year over 30,000 dogs and cats (approximately 20,000 cats & kittens and 10,000 dogs & puppies) are killed in Colorado shelters due to lack of available homes. Spaying and neutering is key to preventing this from continuing.

In addition, there are many behavioral and medical benefits to having your pet altered, including preventing certain forms of cancer and preventing "marking". For more information on these benefits you can visit:

Is it really important to have my animals vaccinated?

Rabies vaccinations are required by law in Larimer County. Any animal having a spay/neuter surgery at our clinic must receive a rabies vaccination unless a current rabies certificate is provided.

Distemper combo vaccinations are important for keeping upper respiratory viruses in check and preventing deadly diseases such as parvo and distemper.

Isn't microchipping a luxury?

No. The latest statistics from Larimer Humane Society show that only 14% of cats/kittens and 73% of dogs/puppies brought into the shelter are reunited with their owners due to a lack of identification. When an animal is brought into a shelter or veterinary clinic, he/she is first scanned for a microchip. For an animal that has been microchipped, a quick phone call to the family will reunite them. An animal who is not microchipped may sit in the shelter for several days before his/her family locates their lost family member. Low-income families may not be able to afford the fees charged by the shelter to reclaim their pet, and therefore in some instances end up having to surrender a beloved pet.

Microchipping helps to ensure your family member will be returned home when they become separated, especially when emergencies occur.

Where does funding for the PAL+ Program come from?

Funding for the program comes in large part from grants received from wonderful local foundations as well as national organizations. We also receive funding from individual donors who recognize the importance of this program and from fundraising events.

Who can apply for PAL+?

Any resident of Larimer or Weld counties may apply for PAL+ funding. However, you must provide proof that you are low income and/or on government assistance

How do I apply for PAL+?

An application must be completed and turned in along with a photocopy of your ID and proof of income and/or government assistance. For example, a photocopy of your food stamp or Medicaid card or pay stub will suffice.

Applications may be picked up at our clinic and shelter facilities at 2321 E. Mulberry Street Units 1 and 9 (near the southwest corner of Mulberry and Timberline) in Fort Collins, online, or by calling (970)484-1861 to request one by mail.

How many pets can I seek funding for?

You may apply for funding for all pets you own at the time that you submit your PAL+ application.

How long will I remain on the program?

If you qualify, you will be a PAL+ client for the time that it takes to complete your pets' spays/neuters and take advantage of special PAL+ pricing for distemper combo vaccinations, follow up boosters for the combo vaccinations and microchipping.

What if I get a new pet after submitting an application for my current pets? Can I apply for PAL+?

You cannot apply for PAL+ funding for any new pets after your initial application. If you are struggling to provide veterinary care for your current pets, we recommend that you not add more pets to your family. However, we understand that there are situations where an abandoned animal (or an animal that would otherwise end up in a shelter) is taken in after the initial application is processed. These situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact PAL+ Coordinator Judy Miotke at