Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)

VSNIP helps lower-income Vermonters afford to have their dogs, cats, and wolf hybrids spayed or neutered. The goal of the program is to reduce the population of unwanted companion animals.

Program Funds & Expenses

VSNIP is a discretionary program with limited funding. At this time, it is 100% funded by dog licensing fees collected by town and city offices across the state. Receipts vary greatly from month to month, depending on the number of dog registered that month. For example: last fiscal year, we received a low of $657 in March and a high of $150,000 in May.

We do not receive funds to cover the program for an entire fiscal year. Rather, we receive funds every month and cannot issue new vouchers until we have the funds in hand. This means that the number of surgical procedures we can fund varies greatly from month to month.

Click on the link that follows to see data on:

•  Program Funds & Expenses

IMPORTANT NOTICE (updated 8/14/14)

VSNIP has received more applications this fiscal year than program funds received to date can cover. We hope to resume issuing vouchers in September. At this time, there are over 500 applications waiting for funds to become available. They will be processed in the order they were received as funds become available.

What assistance is available?

If we determine that you're eligible, you'll get a VSNIP voucher that allows you to have your animals spayed or neutered at a participating veterinarian's office for $25 each.

We encourage you to have all your dogs and cats spayed/neutered at the same time.

Am I eligible for assistance?

To be eligible, you must:

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

How 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
    103 South Main Street, A Building
    Waterbury VT 05671

How does the program work?

  1. Your application is not approved until you receive your voucher(s) in the mail.
  2. Once you have them in hand, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Vouchers must be used within 42 days.
  3. Bring the voucher(s) and $25 copay per animal with you on the day of the surgery.

What does my co-pay cover? What does it not 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 for use after the surgery. This cost is not covered by VSNIP.

Who do I call for more information?

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

Reduce pet overpopulation. Have your pet spayed or neutered!