APL’s Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program represents the core of our mission and values. Reducing the overpopulation of animals in our community is the best way to ensure that we have the resources to care for lost and abandoned animals at Stockton Animal Shelter, and to increase the quality of life for all pets.
Every year about 11,000 animals are brought into Stockton Animal Shelter, from Stockton and unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County. You can do your part to reduce our pet population by having your pet(s) spayed or neutered. Low-Cost Spay and Neuter vouchers are intended for low-income households, and those that cannot afford to have their pet sterilized. Together we can make a difference!
Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Vouchers
See calendar or APL’s Events page on Facebook, for current voucher sales dates. Vouchers are funded through APL’s fundraising efforts. Thank you to the generous community members, business partners, and veterinarians that support this program. The following guidelines must be followed:
- Vouchers are for dogs only, and only for the following breeds: Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Huskies (and mixes of same breeds).
- The veterinarian may deny service if your dog breed appears different from the breed that is stated on the voucher.
- The $25 vouchers must be paid in CASH ONLY
- Must be a resident of the City of Stockton
- Dog’s owner must provide a government issued picture ID with a current Stockton address. Voucher cannot be used by another dog. The ID and voucher name must match when dropping off your dog. If info doesn’t match, veterinarian may refuse services.
- Dog owner is responsible for setting an appointment with an approved veterinarian, from a list that will be provided, and you are required to notify them that it is a voucher appointment.
- Voucher is good for 1 basic spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip. Animal Protection League is not responsible for additional charges such as: Cone (eColloar), medication, female in heat, blood work (often required for dogs over 5), medical complications, cancellation fees, or any other charges.
Voucher Sale Dates and Locations
Carter’s Pet Mart
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month*
909 W. March Lane, Stockton CA 95207
Stockton Animal Shelter
1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month*
1575 S. Lincoln St., Stockton CA 95206
*Voucher sales are currently suspended. We expect to return to our regular schedule as soon as we are allowed to do so. Please check APL’s Facebook page under Events or sign up for email to be notified.
APL Microchip Events
A microchip is your pet’s best way home! APL hosts free microchip events throughout the year, and Stockton Animal Services will chip your pet, on a walk-in basis, for just $5. Together we can to keep them out of the shelter, and safe at home.
Every pet should be microchipped, and the chip must be registered with current information. A microchip is useless if it’s not registered! All brands of microchips can be registered with Michelson Found Animals visit www.foundanimals.org to register your pet, at no cost to you!
- Check your pet’s microchip yearly. It is possible for a chip to slip out, or malfunction (your veterinarian should check every time you visit).
- If you’ve lost track of the I.D. number, you can bring your pet to Stockton Animal Shelter and ask for a microchip check.
- Get a $5 microchip at Stockton Animal Shelter, during business hours, on a walk-in basis, or ask your veterinarian.
- Come to an APL microchip event, and have your pet microchipped FREE of charge. Check our calendar for APL’s next microchip event, or sign up for email to be notified.
Feral Cat Program TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release)
Any cat that comes into Stockton Animal Shelter, that is over 4mo. old, and in good health, will be sterilized, vaccinated, and placed back in its original location. Feral cats will not be microchipped. They will have one ear “tipped” to indicate that they have been sterilized.
Studies have shown that removing feral cats from their original locations does not decrease the number of cats in the area, and may in fact, invite repopulation. Here’s what AlleyCat.Org has to say:
“A habitat will support a population of a certain size. No matter how many animals are removed, if the resources remain, the population will eventually recover. Any cats remaining after a catch and kill effort will produce more kittens and at a higher survival rate, filling the habitat to capacity. As one study found, ‘populations greatly reduced by culling are likely to rebound quickly.’ Over time, the number of cats in an area where a feral cat colony has been killed or relocated will simply recover an return to its original size.”
Visit www.AlleyCat.Org for more information.
To trap & spay/neuter feral cats in the San Joaquin County area contact:
ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic
327 E. Alpine Ave.
Stockton CA 95204
It is our mission to provide food to underserved pets. We typically open our pet food pantry twice a month. Due to COVID 19, the shelter is closed to walk-in traffic. We are currently distributing dog and cat food to the homeless directly. APL will be opening our pet pantry as soon as it is allowed. If you have pet food you would like to donate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (209) 956-3647.