About VVSA

About VVSA

We are adult and children volunteers who care deeply about animals and our community.

Since our inception in 1986, VVSA has been a forerunner in animal welfare and protection in Vermont.  VVSA receives no federal, state, nor municipal funding, but relies on its own fundraising efforts, donations and volunteers.

Our work encompasses humane legislation, senior citizens’ companion animal programs, feral cat rehabilitation, wildlife assistance, animal adoption and the first spay neuter assistance program in the state of Vermont.

Programs include:

  • For The Animals Television Show
    For The Animals (FTA) TV Show is featured weekly on all Vermont public access channels, and as well can be viewed online.  DVDs are also available for purchase.  As a means to reach out and educate the public, we strive to address and cover a diversity of topics related to animals and we welcome your input.  Please note…

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Bette Reese

  • Senior Citizen Assistance
    Seniors often rely on animal companionship but can be financially strained due to prohibitive animal care costs. VVSA provides support and assistance to help seniors feed and take care of their animal companions.
  • Advocacy for Animals
    We are fortunate to live in a state that recognizes the need to legislatively protect the welfare of animals. VVSA has been instrumental in the passage of several bills:

    1. Update and improvements to the animal welfare statute, includes making some forms of abuse a felony.
    2. Creation of Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP). VVSA created the first statewide spay/neuter assistance program in 1986 that grew to include over 30 participating veterinarian offices. Recognizing the need to make this important program viable and sustainable, VVSA helped draft legislation, following the lead of New Hampshire, and created what is now known as VSNIP. For assistance, please call (855) 478-7647. If you experience any problems with the current service of the program, please call us at (802) 672-5302 for assistance.
    3. The rabies vaccine injection schedule extended from 2 to 3 years.
    4. Prohibition of online Internet Hunting from entering our state.
    5. Inclusion of animals in a Relief from Abuse Court order, which protects animals involved in volatile domestic relationships.
    6. Inclusion of animals during evacuations following natural disasters.
    7. Inclusion of animals in the municipal ticketing system which enables law enforcement to address certain violations of our animal welfare statute (Title 13, Chapter 8 civilly versus criminally). This approach may be the answer to the overcrowded court system that too often ignores the plight of abused animals for lack of time and manpower.