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:


  1. Have been a Montréal resident for at least 3 months.
  2. Have a net income equal to or less than the after-tax low-income thresholds (see below).

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Required documents

1. Application form.

2. Proof of residence document(s) that are at least 3 months old.

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).