Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)

VSNIP helps lower-income Vermonters have their companion animals spayed or neutered. This includes dogs, cats, and wolf hybrids only.


IMPORTANT NOTICE (updated 2/3/15)

There are currently about 270 applications on the waiting list. Depending on when you submitted your application, it could be a few months before your voucher is processed.

If you do not want to wait, click here to learn about other organizations that offer low-cost spay & neuter options in Vermont.


Program Funds & Expenses

VSNIP is 100% funded by a $3.00 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. 

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What assistance is available?

If we determine that you're eligible, you'll get a VSNIP voucher that allows you to have your companion animal(s) spayed or neutered by a participating veterinarian for $27 each.


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 $27 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 vsnip@state.vt.us if you have any questions about VSNIP.

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