Vermont Spay or Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)

kittenVSNIP helps lower-income Vermonters afford to have their companion animals spayed or neutered.

What help is available?

If you're eligible for VSNIP, we'll send you a voucher that allows you to get a companion dog, cat or wolf hybrid spayed or neutered by a participating veterinarian for a $27 copay.

Am I eligible for assistance?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Vermont resident;
  • Have acquired the animal either free or for no more than $75; and
  • Have a total gross monthly household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

dogHow do I apply?

  1. Complete the application form.
    Print a copy of this application form. Fill it out completely. Print clearly. Incomplete and unreadable applications will be returned. You can also call 1-855-478-7647 to ask that an application be sent to you.
  2. Gather the paperwork needed as proof of eligibility.
    Read the application form to learn what supporting documents we require as proof of public benefits or income. Make copies of any documents you need to submit with your application. Originals will not be returned.
  3. Send your completed, signed application & supporting documents to:

    Department for Children and Families
    Economic Services Division - VSNIP
    280 State Drive
    Waterbury VT 05671-1020

kittenHow does the program work?

  • Your application is not approved until you get your voucher in the mail.
  • Once you get your voucher, make an appointment with a participating vet right away. You must use the voucher within 42 days.
  • Bring the voucher and $27 copay with you on the day of the surgery.

What does my co-pay cover?

The copay covers the fee for the entire surgical procedure, including:

  • The pre-surgical physical exam;
  • Surgery;
  • Maintenance;
  • Hospital care;
  • Anesthesia;
  • Pain medication before and during the surgery;
  • Discharge; and
  • Removal of sutures.

The copay does not include:

  • Post-operative pain management; or
  • Fees associated with complications that arise during or after surgery.  Examples include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, fleas & ticks, parasites, infection, incision repair, sutures chewed out or removed prematurely in any way.

Please ask your veterinarian about possible additional charges prior to surgery. We encourage you to buy pain medication from your vet to use after the surgery; however, this cost is not covered by VSNIP.

Who do I call for more information?

Call 1-855-478-7647 or email if you have questions.

How is the program funded?

VSNIP is 100% funded by a surcharge on annual dog licensing fees collected in Vermont. Because receipts vary from month to month, the number of surgical procedures we can fund each month also varies. 

Other Help Available

Click here to learn about other organizations that offer low-cost spay & neuter options in Vermont.

For Veterinarians

Click here to get the monthly invoice for VSNIP.

Reduce pet overpopulation. Have your pet spayed or neutered!