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Prevent A Litter
When does 1 + 1 = 6?

Animals don't add...they multiply!

Why should I spay/neuter my pet?

Spaying and neutering your pet can help it live a longer, healthier life. There are many benefits to spaying and neutering – the largest being that it reduces the pet overpopulation that we are currently observing. Unfortunately, there are too many pets and not enough homes. Some other benefits include:

Black Dog
  • Longer lifespan – spayed/neutered pets live 14-26% longer than their intact counterparts.

  • Spaying/neutering can decrease some behavioral problems.

  • Spaying and neutering decreases the number of animals that are euthanized in shelters

Model Cat
  • Neutering male cats/dogs can decrease their urine odor and marking tendencies.

  • Neutering male cats/dogs can prevent their urge to roam.

  • Spaying female cats/dogs prevents life-threatening pyometra, which is a uterine infection.

  • Spaying/neutering can reduce the likelihood of some cancers.

PAL Program Details

The HSOTC is dedicated to responsible pet ownership and the prevention of pet overpopulation. We have partnered with a network of veterinarians across Otter Tail County to offer a certificate program. The PAL program has been created for responsible pet owners and caretakers with genuine need and who may not otherwise be able to afford to have a pet spayed/neutered.


Voucher amounts will vary depending on species and sex of the animal. The voucher is meant to reduce the cost of the procedure, but the owner will still be liable for any remaining balance and any additional fees incurred during their visit.

Current vouchers range in amounts from $50 - 125 depending on the size and sex of the animal. You can contact the shelter for specific amounts.

Vouchers are valid for 45 days from the date of approval. Due to the limited number of vouchers available and because they expire, we highly encourage you to schedule your pet’s surgery prior to application submission as to not postpone surgery.


The PAL program is meant to be a one-time opportunity per individual/family. If you add pets to your household, you must complete a new PAL application and be reapproved. Prior approval does not guarantee future support.


Owner Qualifications

  1. You must provide proof that you are a resident of Otter Tail County.

  2. You must provide proof that you participate in a federal or Minnesota needs based public assistance program:

    • Food Support

    • HUD Section 8 Housing

    • Medicaid

    • Medical Assistance

    • State Unemployment Benefits

    • VA Disability

    • Social Security Income

Pet Qualifications

  • Pets must be at least 6 months old.

  • Pets must be healthy, hydrated and eating the day of surgery.

  • Pets must be temperamentally sound.

  • Cats must arrive in a carrier.

  • Dogs must be leashed.

  • Animals that are pregnant or in heat can be safely spayed but additional charges may assessed – please contact your veterinarian to discuss.

  • Declawing, or tail docking may NOT be scheduled in conjunction with this program.

Click the link below to fill out our online PAL application

Participating Clinics

PAL spay/neuter vouchers cover a portion of the cost of the surgery, please note that some of the participating veterinary clinics may have individual requirements or charge additional fees that are your responsibility to pay.

Additional expenses may include:

  • Vaccinations

  • Females that are in-heat or pregnant

  • Males whose testicles have not dropped (cryptorchid)

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