Get an animal sterilized free of charge

Are you a cat or dog owner? In Montréal, you are required to have your pet sterilized and microchipped. People with low incomes can benefit from the animal sterilization program free of charge. Learn how to submit an application.

Since January 1, 2020, all cats and dogs ages 6 months or older must be sterilized. An animal sterilization program is offered free of charge to low-income households.  It is effective each year from March 1 until October 31, taking into account the availability of places.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be a resident of Montréal in the previous three months or more.
  • Pay for the microchipping during the appointment.
  • Get or renew a dog or cat permit within ten business days of having the animal sterilized.

Your household income must be lower than the thresholds shown below (after taxes).

Number of people per household

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Required documents

1. Application form.

2. Proof of address in Montréal dating back more than three months, but fewer than 12 months.

Documents accepted:

  • Hydro, telephone, Internet, or cable television bill
  • Monthly bank statement 
  • Driver’s licence renewal notice or Québec health insurance card
  • Current school or municipal tax account
  • Auto or home insurance statement 

3. Proof of income of each person with an income in the household 

One of the following documents is required:

  • Notice of assessment from the federal government
  • Most recent income tax return
  • Proof of income support under the Québec government’s Social Assistance Program (claim slip).

Is your pet already microchipped? The microchip number must be shown on the proof of microchipping.