Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)

Helps you pay to get your dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

Special Note About VSNIP

This program is funded by a $4.00 fee added to the cost of licensing a dog in Vermont. Program funds are limited by the number of dogs that are licensed each year.

Dogs are legally required to be licensed by the age of 6 months, and they must have a rabies vaccine to get a license. They should get their first rabies vaccine between the age of 12 weeks and 6 months.                            

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live in Vermont.
  • Have acquired your pet for free or just a small fee.
  • Get certain public benefits or have household income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.

If Your Application Is Approved

  • You'll get vouchers that allow you to get your dogs/cats spayed or neutered for a $27 copay per animal.
  • You'll need special approval if you request assistance for more than five animals in a year. The program is 100% funded by a surcharge on dog registrations so funds are limited.

How To Apply

  1. Print the application or save it on your computer. You don't have to print it in color.
  2. If you don't have a printer, see the instructions for getting a paper application below.
  3. Complete the application by hand or electronically and then sign it.
  4. Mail your completed application, along with supporting documents and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to the address below.
  5. If your application is complete, it will be processed within five (5) business days.

***If You Need A Paper Application***

Send the following to VSNIP, PO Box 104, Bridgewater, VT 05034:

  • Your request for an application. Indicate if it's for a cat, dog, or both.
  • A self addressed, stamped envelope (i.e., one that has your name & address written in the middle of it and a stamp affixed to the top right corner).

How The Program Works

  • Your application is not approved until you get the voucher in the mail.
  • Once you get your voucher, make an appointment with a participating vet right away.
  • The voucher must be used within 60 days.
  • If the surgery cannot be done within the 60 days, call VSNIP at (802) 672-5302 to get an extension. 

It’s Very Important That You

  • Keep your appointment. 
  • Call right away if you need to reschedule. 
  • Bring the voucher and $27 copay to the vet's office —on or before the day of the surgery.
  • Print this list of things to remember before the surgery.

What Your Copay Covers

Your copay covers a pre-surgical exam, pain management before and during surgery, the surgery, an overnight stay if needed, a distemper vaccine series, one rabies vaccination and suture removal after surgery.

It does not cover:

  • Pain management after surgery
  • Optional procedures such as a blood panel
  • Procedures associated with complications that arise during or after surgery (e.g., animal in heat or pregnant, fleas & ticks, parasites, infection and incision repair)

Ask about all possible charges that are not covered by VSNIP — before the surgery. You may decline any recommended optional procedures and consult with other vets.

Where To Learn More

Call 1-844-448-7647 or (802) 672-5302.

RESOURCES For Applicants

VSNIP, PO Box 104, Bridgewater, VT  05034  •  1-844-448-7647  • (802) 672-5302