Spay / Neuter Program

Facts about Spay and Neuter

The most humane solution to the overpopulation of cats is sterilization.

An unspayed female cat, her mate, and their offspring (producing 2 litters per year, average 2.8 kittens surviving per litter) can total:

1 year = 12 cat
2 years = 67 cats
3 years = 376 cats
4 years = 2,107 cats
5 years = 11,801 cats

and only 1 in 12 finds a home! Unwanted litters are more likely to suffer from illness or be abandoned to suffer a prolonged death.

Intact males are more likely to spray and get into fights, which could spread disease. Unspayed females could develop a painful, life-threatening condition in the uterus, treatable only through surgery.

HHPR Spay and Neuter program policy

HHPR enforces a spay/neuter policy by providing the surgery to all age-appropriate cats in our facility. Our Spay/Neuter Fund assures that we have the money available to continue this practice.

Spay/Neuter Fund:  This fund pays for expenses for the yearly public spay/neuter mobile vet clinics, bringing 2 Vets and 5 Vet Techs up from Portland to sterilize cats of low-income families, or people with new pets that cannot get into an area Vet; for feral cat colonies, and cats entering our facility. Each of the mobile sterilization clinics costs approximately $20,000, doing about 250 cats each clinic.

Halfway Home Pet Rescue Spay/Neuter Clinics

Clinic 2021

Free clinic Nov 2021

HHPR constantly seeks funding to provide local area clinics for spay/neuter of owned cats in low-income families. We announce these clinics on our Facebook page but will also provide the application form here on this site. The service includes the sterilization surgery, distemper & rabies shots if needed, worming and flea treatment, ear cleaning and nail trimming. In some clinics we offer microchipping (there may be an additional fee.) Spaces fill quickly so get your application in as soon as possible. Application is required for a space to be reserved. Application form HERE.

Check our Facebook page for announcements of 2023 clinics.

For more information about applying for a clinic, email

Phone calls and text messages are not accepted.

Alternative method: A paper application form can be downloaded HERE. This form will need to be completely filled out for EACH cat. Scan the form and email to or postal mail to 11 Pioneer Ave, Caribou ME 04736.

Help Fix ME Program – Subject to changes beyond our control

The state of Maine has a fund to help low-income families with the cost to spay/neuter their dog or cat. There are limitations to the program and the funds are not available all year. It is important to check with them if you are in need.

“The goal of the program is to reduce shelter intakes and euthanasia. This is why the program is restricted to cats and pit bulls –these are the animals filling our shelters.”

You may be eligible for the State’s low cost spay/neuter program.

If you receive or are eligible for one of the following programs…
Food Stamps
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Social Security Disability (SSD)
Maine Care (Medicaid)

You can have your cat fixed for $10, and your dog fixed for $20.

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