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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE (updated 11/07/14)

We will soon be issuing a limited number of vouchers based on receipts received for October. Depending on when you submitted your application, it could be several months before your voucher is processed.

We received more applications this year than program funds could cover and had to stop issuing vouchers in February. There are currently over 600 applications on the waiting list. 


Program Funds & Expenses

VSNIP is 100% funded by dog licensing fees collected by town and city offices from across the state. Receipts vary from month to month depending on the number of dogs registered. This means the number of surgical procedures we can fund each month varies greatly. 

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

Reduce pet overpopulation. Have your pet spayed or neutered!