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Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

Through the SNAP Program (Spay Neuter Assistance Program), the Bow Valley SPCA is proud to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for a reduced fee to qualified low-income Bow Valley residents.


The SNAP program is for eligible Bow Valley residents with affordability challenges. To qualify, we follow the Town of Canmore Affordable Services Program guidelines, which can be viewed by clicking here. Note that you do not need to have signed up for the Town of Canmore Affordable Services Program, we simply use their requirements for eligibility.

Our grant funds for this program are limited. This service may be temporarily unavailable when funding is not available.

Application Process

If you qualify based on the guidelines proposed by the Affordable Services Program, you will need to complete a BVSPCA SNAP Application, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This can be printed off and returned in person to the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre during our public visiting hours, or emailed to our Adoption Centre Manager, Daisy Hilchey at

The applicant must provide proof of income (T4, tax return, disability certificate, etc.) with the application.

Upon approval, you will be asked to pay a subsidized fee between $100-$175. Payment must be received prior to booking.*Details of donation can be discussed with the manager upon approval*

If your pet already sees a specific vet in Canmore and has a file there, please indicate which vet clinic on your application

After Approval

Upon approval of this application, you will be asked to pay the subsidized fee of $100-$175. Once payment is received, you will be provided with a voucher to a Canmore veterinary clinic covering the cost of the approved procedure(s).

The authorization voucher to the veterinary clinic is valid for 30 days after issue, and covers only the spay/neuter authorized, and an identification tattoo. A tattoo is mandatory and will be applied by the clinic during surgery.

As the registered owner you are responsible for calling and booking the appointment at the clinic. Once an appointment has been booked, you must give the veterinary clinic 48 hours cancellation notice. If you fail to keep an appointment without giving the required cancellation notice, the authorization becomes invalid and will not be reissued and any contribution made by you will not be refunded. As the registered owner you are responsible for the pet's transportation to and from the clinic.