Every year, millions of unwanted pets are left homeless or euthanized. Pet owners can help by making sure their pets don’t have unwanted babies.
Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) not only prevent unwanted litters, it also prevents against some serious health problems which can extend your pet’s life. It can reduce unwanted behavioral issues and reduce aggression. It will also keep your pet from wanting to roam. It does not take away your male’s macho qualities. It does not cause your pet to gain weight. There are many myths surrounding spaying and neutering so if you have questions, ask your vet.
In 2022 (while funds last) BCHS is able to offer financial assistance for the spay & neuter of dogs and cats through our program called SNAP (Spay & Neuter Assistance Program) of Brown County. The voucher program is intended to assist those Brown County residents who are financially unable to cover the cost of this important surgery for their dog(s) or cat(s) on their own. We do ask that if you can afford the full cost of a spay/neuter surgery that you pay out-of-pocket and allow these limited voucher funds to be used by those who truly cannot afford the full cost.
A spay/neuter voucher for a dog covers $70 of the surgery. A voucher for cats covers $50.
SNAP Voucher Program:
- To participate in this program, you MUST be a resident of Brown County, Ohio.
- The voucher program is intended to serve people who are financially unable to cover the cost of spay/neuter on their own. To qualify for the program, we ask that you are currently receiving state or federal income assistance, which includes WIC, Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, SSDI, or Unemployment TANF/Ohio Works First; or make less than $29,000/year.
- The BCHS voucher provided to you will cover only a portion of the spay/neuter surgery cost. Pet owner is responsible for any additional expenses associated with the office visit and surgery.
- You MUST make a spay/neuter appointment for your dog or cat and submit this request form at least 10 days prior to your appointment. This will provide time for processing and delivery of voucher.
- Each voucher has an expiration date and has no cash value.
- A separate request form should be submitted for each pet.
- Voucher availability is limited by funding.
To obtain a SNAP Voucher, follow these instructions:
- Make a spay/neuter appointment for your cat or dog at your vet of choice. It is the owner’s responsibility to confirm with the vet office that they accept BCHS Vouchers. Below is a list of local area veterinarian practices who we know to accept BCHS vouchers.
Keep in mind that vet practices are very busy and are often scheduling appointments a month or two ahead of time for spay/neuter surgeries. Please call different vets for their pricing and available appointments.
- Complete and submit a voucher request form at least 10 days prior to your scheduled appointment. You can complete the form online or download and print the form by clicking one of the buttons below. You can also pick one up at the BCHS Dog Shelter (100 Veterans Blvd, Georgetown, OH) or the BCHS Small Animal Adoption Center (422 Lincoln Ave, Georgetown, OH). Forms may be submitted online, via mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery to the contact information found on the request form.
- Upon receipt of the voucher request form, BCHS will mail or e-mail the voucher to you (as you request on the form).
- Present the voucher to the vet clinic at the time of the scheduled surgery. The amount of the voucher (not to exceed cost of the spay/neuter itself) will be deducted by the vet office from the cost of the spay or neuter surgery.
You can submit the SNAP form online, or you can download and print the form.
FERAL/ STRAY/ COMMUNITY CATS
SNAP funding is also available to assist with the spay/neuter of stray or feral cats and kittens. If you are the caretaker, or know the location, of stray cats in Brown County, please email email@example.com so we can determine how to best assist in preventing unwanted litters. Unfortunately, shelters are unable to house and care for all the stray cats. Compassionate care and help from the community are vital to make a difference in the overpopulation of cats. If stray cats or kittens are friendly and able to be handled, our hope is to be able to help community members financially to get these strays spayed or neutered and for them to continue being cared for by community members.
For truly feral cats (those unable to be handled), BCHS will be launching the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) portion of the SNAP program in Spring 2022. In a TNR program, stray cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), transported to a vet to be spayed or neutered, ear-tipped (the universal sign that a stray cat has been neutered or spayed), and then returned to their outdoor home location. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the locations of feral cat communities so we can make plans for the trapping efforts.
Along those same lines, BCHS needs volunteers to assist with trapping and transporting cats to the vet. If you are interested in being actively involved in helping decrease the over-population of cats in Brown County, email email@example.com and let us know. We need your help to make a difference!