Veterinary Center eligibility requirements

Our Veterinary Centers offer high-quality, low-cost services to pet owners with limited incomes, active or retired military personnel, feral cat caretakers, and nonprofit rescue organizations.

Income-qualified pet owners

To quality for services, participants must be enrolled in one of the government assistance programs listed below or fall within the household size and income parameters. Proof of gross income is requested prior to receiving services.

Government assistance programs

  • Energy Assistance
  • General Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Assistance
  • MinnesotaCare
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Social Security Disability Income
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)

Household size and gross income qualifications

Household size Income per month Income per year
1 $2,529 $30,350
2 $3,429 $41,150
3 $4,329 $51,950
4 $5,229 $62,750
5 $6,129 $73,550
6 $7,029 $84,350
7 $7,929 $95,150
8 $8,829 $105,950
Add for additional household members $900 $10,800


Documents to bring to your appointment

Proof of Gross Income is required prior to receiving services. The following documents are accepted.

  • Recent tax return
  • W2 form
  • Two current pay stubs 

If you have any questions about income qualifications, please contact us at 763-489-SPAY. 

Active or retired military personnel

Military personnel can utilize services without meeting income or government assistance requirements. Military ID is required as proof of qualification.

Feral cat caretakers

AHS Veterinary Centers allow feral cat caretakers and barn cat owners to utilize its service on a limited basis without meeting income or government assistance requirements. All feral cats and barn cats will have an ear notched to signify that they are spayed or neutered. For more information, contact AHS Veterinary Centers at 763-489-SPAY (7729).

To help our community cat caretakers keep the population healthy, we offer Feline Leukemia/FIV testing for an additional fee at the time of surgery.

Shelters and rescue partners

Registered nonprofit rescues and shelters in Minnesota can use the forms below to request services. To register your organization for services, contact us at 763-489-SPAY (7729).

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline