Spay/neuter surgeries are an effective method of birth control for dogs and cats. You can help reduce the number of needless animal deaths in El Paso by spaying or neutering your pet.

In 2014, about 18,000 dogs and cats were euthanized due to the community's pet overpopulation, stemming from unplanned and uncontrolled breeding. Today, with the community's proactive spay and neutering, the euthanasias in El Paso have been reduced to half. With the continued support from our community, El Paso can reach a "no-kill status.

Pet Care-A-Van

The Pet Care-Van offers low-cost spay/neuter services and vaccinations. The van provides the services at locations throughout the community. The Pet Care-A-Van schedule is available below.
The number of surgeries that can be performed on the spay/neuter van is limited based on the size of animals requiring the surgery. On average, the van performs 20 to 25 surgeries per day. The order of the surgeries is determined on a “first come-first served” basis. Due to the difficulty of performing hysterectomies to sterilize female animals, the veterinarian may limit these surgeries to ten per day.
Sterilization surgery is major surgery. The owner(s) of the pet should expect to leave the animal at the spay/neuter van for a few hours. If you plan to spay or neuter your pet through the Pet Care-A-Van program, please follow these pre-surgery guidelines:
  • Pets may drink water up until the time of surgery.
  • Adult animals should not have solid food after 6 p.m. of the night before their sterilization surgery.
  • Puppies and kittens (4 months - 1 year) should not have solid food after 11 p.m. of the night before the surgery.
  • High-risk pets that will not be spayed or neutered due to health risks include:
    • Younger than 4 months
    • Older than 3 years of age
    • Overweight, females in heat or pregnant
    • Males whose testicles have not descended.
    • Animals larger than 65 pounds.(It is extremely difficult to maneuver a large unconscious animal without risking injury to it due to space constraints inside the van.)
  • Small dog/cat spay (up to 39 pounds), $79

    Animals in poor health, pregnant or old may be declined or charged an additional fee ranging from $45 to $85.
    • Female dogs must be three (3) years old and younger
    • Male dogs must be three (3) years old and younger
    • All dogs must weigh at least 3 pounds and  no more than 65  pounds
  • Small dog neuter (up to 39 pounds), $79

    Animals in poor health, old or cryptorchid males (males whose testicles have not descended) may be declined or charged an additional fee ranging from $45 to $85.
  • Other size dogs, $79. On some occasions at the discretion of the veterinarian some dogs of up to 65 pounds may be accepted.
  • Microchipping, $25
  • Rabies vaccine with City license included, $25
  • Canine distemper/parvo vaccine, $15
  • Feline distemper vaccine, $15
For more information about the spay/neuter van, please visit click here or call (915) 407-5314.
Payments must be made in the form of cash and checks.
Credit / debit cards are not accepted.
Because current rabies shots are required for all pets per both City and State law, proof of this important vaccination is required in order to get your dog or cat’s license.
Having a good contact phone number (or two!) will allow us to contact you if your pet comes into the shelter.

Pet Care-A-Van Schedule

NEW Operation Hours:

Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Clinics 4p.m. – 7p.m.

Information: (915) 407-5314