Spay and Neuter

PAWS is proud to offer free spay and neuter for cats and dogs of residents of Rutherford County, TN (if you're not a county resident, see other resources below)! Thanks to grants and additional funding, we can now provide this service, including a free rabies vaccination for pets 3 months of age or older, if the pet is not current. It is important to spay and neuter your pets. Not only is it good for population control, but it is also good for their health. Certain cancers can be prevented by simply spaying or neutering your pet.

Current Program Details:

Residents can now apply within Monday-Friday 12-6 p.m. and receive an appointment at the time of application turn-in for the next available date (masks/face coverings currently required)Residents interested in applying may also visit the shelter Saturdays & Sundays to submit an application(s) during business hours (note: applications submitted over the weekend will likely be turned in to be contacted ASAP to set an appointment).

Applications and other required documents can also be submitted via email or fax (see details below), to receive a call to be scheduled. Please advise: Due to high demand, appointments are scheduled first-come, first-serve. When submitting an application via fax, email or outside scheduling hours, please expect a delay in receiving a call to be scheduled. Contact 615-898-7740 (option 5) for any questions!

Please note: Appointments may be scheduled out 12 weeks or more from time of application turn in, depending on application volume and appointment availability at that time. *Special Update: Currently, appointments for cats are being scheduled within a couple weeks!* Due to staffing, calls to schedule spay/neuter surgeries are typically made on Fridays. View links at the bottom of the page for additional programs and services that you may qualify for.

How To Apply:

*You must be scheduled for an appointment by the vet office to receive the free service. PAWS will not accept those who show up at the facility without an appointment.*

To apply: 

It is recommended to come to the PAWS facility to apply and for us to obtain a legible copy of your driver's license/government-issued I.D., but you may also print the form and send all required documentation via the following methods: 

*Due to high demand, please expect a delay in receiving a call to be scheduled. We thank you for your patience!*

Questions? Please call us at 615-898-7740 and leave a message and call back number if we are unable to answer at the time! Thank you!

Free Spay/Neuter Form *(updated 7/23/21)*

Learn about Spay/Neuter myths

Preparing Your Pet For Surgery

Things to Watch For At Home (After Care Info)


Not a Rutherford County, TN resident? View these additional resources for low cost Spay/Neuter: 

 PetSmart Charities S/N Locator 

Other Local Low Cost Programs/Services