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. $65 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 Animal Friends Alliance to help low income community members spay (females) or neuter (males) their cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs. Funding from the PAL+ Program covers the cost of the spay/neuter surgery minus a $20 co-pay for cats and a $25 co-pay for dogs. These prices include post-surgery pain management for cats and dogs and e-collars (cones) for dogs. We are able to offer co-pay discounts for those with multi-pet households or those who may not be able to pay the full co-pay. Special pricing is offered for rabies vaccinations, distemper combo vaccinations, and microchipping.
Why should animals be spayed/neutered?
- About 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs – about one every 13 seconds – are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.
- Pyometra is an infection of the uterus (womb). It is a common condition in female dogs that have not been spayed, and it can occur in un-spayed (intact) dogs of any age. Occasionally we see cases occurring in cats. This results in a trip to the emergency hospital, where it can cost thousands to save the animal’s life. This life threatening condition is completely preventable by spaying your pet.
- 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: www.ASPCA.org.
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 19% of cats/kittens and 86% 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. 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, and from Natural Balance Pet Foods’ rebate program.
Banfield Foundation has provided grant funding specifically for veterinary medical services beyond spay/neuter. The Colorado
Pet Overpopulation Fund also has awarded
us grants that were funded through tax
check-off donations on Line 42 of the Colorado state income tax form.
A local, annual collaboration with Larimer Humane Society will help us serve even more at-risk pets.
We also receive funding from individual donors who recognize the importance of this program and keeping pets in homes. Donate Now!
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 Mulberry Campus, 2321 E. Mulberry St., Unit 1 or 3 (near the southwest corner of Mulberry and Timberline) in Fort Collins, online, or by calling (970) 484-8516 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 rabies vaccinations, distemper combo vaccinations, and microchipping.
What if I get a new pet after submitting an application for my current pets? Can I apply for PAL+?
The PAL+ program is meant to be a one-time opportunity per individual/family. If you add pets to your household or need yearly boosters for your current pets, you must complete a new PAL+ application and be reapproved.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact our Community Pet Resource Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 233-5133.