P.A.W. (Partnership for Animal Welfare)

Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Program for Low-Income Pet Guardians

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To receive P.A.W. benefits, provide your name and your pet's name in the subject line below. In the message, provide a current phone number and email at which you can be reached.


Our PAW representative, Lisa Yehle, will contact you Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from the hours of 2-4 p.m. to walk you through the process of applying. She will also schedule an appointment with you to fill out your paperwork.

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Our Partnership for Animal Welfare program, or P.A.W., provides low-income pet guardians with spay/neuter financial assistance. Spaying or Neutering your pet reduces the rate of homeless pets in your area and is crucial in New Mexico, where 135,000 pets are abandoned to kill facilities every year. Vaccinations reduce the spread of deadly diseases that can damage the health of your neighbors, their pets, and local wildlife.


AnimalVillageNM does NOT provide veterinary services. If you have a medical question about your pet, contact your local veterinarian. 

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for our PAW program, you must provide proof that you: 

  • ​Receive EBT or Medicaid​

  • Are a Disabled Veteran

  • Have a Household Annual Family Income of $30,000 or less


With the assistance of PAW, this is the cost of spaying/neutering your pet:

  • $45 reservation fee; paid to veterinarian/nonrefundable; no checks

  • $35 additional fee if dog or cat is pregnant, or in heat

  • $12-$15 for additional pain medication (medication for day of surgery only is provided at no cost; additional 4 days of pain medication is recommended.


To qualify for receiving these low-cost surgeries, note that:

  • You must provide documentation showing that your dog or cat is up to date on the following vaccinations: rabies (legally required by all states, counties, and municipalities), canine or feline distemper/parvo, & bordetella, (aka ‘kennel cough’).

  • If vaccinations are not up-to-date, vaccinations can be provided - at expense of the guardian- at the time of spay/neuter appointment. Payment to the veterinarian is due when scheduling appointment at the clinic.


Please note: 

  • You may only schedule two surgeries with our PAW program a year.


If you have any questions on our PAW program, contact Lisa at (575) 446-4685 on ONLY Monday, Wednesday, & Friday between 2 pm - 4 pm, for more information.

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