Welcome to VVSA

The Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society. We strive to improve all aspects of the lives of animals and encourage harmonious relationships between them and their human companions.

Since our inception in 1986 as a non-profit humane society, 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.


Renee Taylor will be presenting “My Life on a Diet!” at the Yoh Theater in Woodstock Union HS to benefit the Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society on September 26th, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York, and worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. Among a very long list of show business accomplishments, Taylor and her husband, Joseph Bologna, co-wrote the Broadway hit comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, and received Oscar nominations for having written the 1970 film adaptation. Taylor’s television credits include playing Arlene Sherwood, co-producer of a television show along with Jerry Orbach and John Candy in the 1991 film Delirious; and playing the stereotypically overbearing Jewish mother of Brian Benben’s lead character on the HBO series Dream On (1992 – 1994). Taylor is most often recognized for her standout role as Sylvia in The Nanny, the overbearing mother of thirty-something Fran Fine who is determined to live to see her daughter get married. Her character is intent on finding Fran a husband and has a passionate love for food. Renée can now be seen in guest appearances on “Happily Divorced”.
And listen to Renee here!  vimeo.com/105318933

Tickets can be purchased by mail, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelop with a check to VVSA, POB 100, Bridgewater, VT 05034. Please indicate whether you will be joining us for a complimentary glass of wine at Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock for the Meet and Greet with Renee and her husband Joe Balogna immediately following the performance.

Tickets are $25.00. To enjoy the Meet and Greet and have a picture taken with Renee and Joe the ticket price is $35.00.

To purchase through PayPal a processing fee of $5.00 will be added. Thank you!


Doors open at 6:30 pm with vegan appetizers by our very own Chef Deeya of Deeya-Licous Foods – Personal Chef and Catering.

A big thanks to our major sponsors:

Many thanks to our other sponsors: Staples Office Super Store, Walmart, Mark Donka for Congress, Jennifer NewsomeThe Chelsea Bottle Drive,Vermont Friends and Volunteers and pups – Dommy DoLittle and Foxy and Mommy Kitty representing the feline community!


You CAN make a difference!

This is not a solicitation from an attorney.
Have you contacted or tried to contact the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF) at 855-478-7647 regarding the Vermont Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP) on or after September 30, 2013 in order to have your companion animal spayed or neutered? Did your calls go unanswered? Was your application denied? Were you confused or had trouble with the application process and requirements? Did DCF ignore your questions and concerns? Have you incurred additional costs from unwanted animal litters or from seeking spay/neuter services elsewhere? Is your companion animal still unfixed? If so, your rights may have been violated.

VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society (VVSA) is gathering information regarding potential VSNIP violations and would like to hear from you if you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions. Please send an email to us about your experience with DCF and VSNIP.

1) What is VSNIP? VSNIP is short for the VT Spay Neuter Incentive Program, created to help those in need of financial assistance pay for the costs of neutering and vaccinating the cats and dogs for whom they provide care.

2) How was VSNIP created? VSNIP evolved out of our (VVSA’s) statewide spay-neuter assistance program begun in 1983. Nearly 12 years ago VVSA helped draft legislation that assured this assistance would continue on for years to come if operated responsibly. VSNIP is currently under the management of VT Department of Children and Families (DCF).

3) Who administered VSNIP in the past? VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society (VVSA) successfully ran VSNIP for seven years, approving over 18,000 vouchers.
In 2012, DCF awarded the contract to administer VSNIP to VT-CAN! VT-CAN’s contract was not renewed, and a few months later VSNIP was suspended due to a lack of funds with which to operate. The state claims it still does not have the adequate funds with which to operate.

4) How is VSNIP funded? When dogs are registered in April, a $3.00 fee is added to a designated fund. Historically, well over $250,000 has been collected in any given year. A significant amount of money with which to support the program has already been collected this year and sent to the state for this designated purpose.

5) Why was VSNIP suspended? Mismanagement of funds under the last administration caused them to stop issuing vouchers in February 2014 due to over spending, and possibly other factors contributing to the high costs reimbursed for services.

6) Why are vouchers not being approved at this time? We don’t know, and that is the problem. DCF claims there aren’t sufficient funds with which to operate the program, but it was stated on the VSNIP recorded hotline (1-855-478-7647) that VSNIP would be back in operation at the end of June. This did not happen, nor is there any indication when it will be available.

7) Who should I call to voice my concern? It is critical that you call your state senator(s) and representatives, TODAY, to tell them about your situation. Call 1-800-322-5616 and ask for the name and phone numbers for your state senator(s) and state representative. These elected people are from your county and represent YOU at the State House. Unless they hear from you, they can’t know all the issues at hand.

8) Does the Governor, Senators and Representatives already know about this problem? Yes. They were all sent an email with regard to this problem. However, they need to hear from their constituents – the people who voted them into office to address this issue. A statement was recently released by Governor Shumlin that his Office was pushing for transparency in state government. His office can be reached at 828-3333.

9) What should I say? Tell them your personal story and why not having VSNIP is making it impossible for you to have your animal(s) neutered.

10) What should be done to fix the problem? Ask your legislative representatives to look into why DCF is refusing to release the tax money that was collected for this program, and, why DCF is not following the ‘Rules’ of VSNIP that require DCF to bid out the contract to administer VSNIP to a qualified non-profit organization such as VVSA, once again. Legislators should request a full audit of the funds. Ask that they call you back with this information.

VVSA has been swamped with calls from frustrated callers desperate to have their animals neutered and are upset that the state is ignoring their pleas for answers and assistance. There are alternative clinics that you can go to in the state for reduced rates. See below.

Please ask your legislators to contact VVSA Humane Society at skaskiw@vermontel.net or 672-5302 and we would be happy to supply them with the information provided by the state and a list of our questions that would reveal the specific reasons for the failure of VSNIP. It can, and should be, operational immediately with better, accountable management.

Together We Truly Do Make A Difference!

Watch and listen here:  vimeo.com/105059579


Sue Skaskiw, VVSA Humane Society, 672-5302

Cat Spay Neuter 802-878-2230 (Colchester, VT) *Cats Only*
Franklin County Humane Society 802-524-9650 (St. Albans, VT)
Frontier Animal Shelter 802-754-2228 (Orleans, VT) *Cats Only*
Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society 802-484-5829 (Brownsville, VT)
Riverside Rescue 802-892-5300 (Lunenburg, VT)
Second Chance Animal Center 802-375-2898 (Shaftsbury, VT)
Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 (Springfield, VT)
Upper Valley Humane Society 603-448-6888 (Enfield, NH)
Windham County Humane Society 802-254-2232 (Brattleboro, VT)
Feline and Friends Foundation 802-323-4793 *Barn/Feral Cats Only*
Northeast Kingdom Spay-Neuter Program 802-754-2309 (Orleans and Essex County)
VT-CAN 802-223-0034 (Middlesex, VT)

People always ask what VVSA does …

The phone rings in the VVSA office. It is a person needing help with a beloved pet, or someone concerned about a stray they keep seeing in their neighborhood. Here is one example of what VVSA does to help ….

Hi Sue,

I just got home, yes 6:20! (After leaving for the vet with my cat Chester early this morning) And Chester is home too and doing well. His temp was 104.6 when I brought him there. They had to give him fluids and lance the area. The nurse said it just oozed and oozed. His neck looks so skinny now. Looks like my lean tiger cat again (minus the hairplus the goo) — sorry for the graphics. He will be on pain meds and a high intense antibiotic. He is to remain quite in a room alone for a few days. (He will love that!)

I want to thank you and when I see you will give you a proper thank you. Chester is one of my babies and because of an angel like you he will be with us for a few more years. Based on his condition, he would not have made it through Monday. You did more today than just help save our cat. You restored my faith in humans, in strangers for that matter.

I am one to always say yes and do for others, or go without so others may have. One day my mother said my love for others would be returned to me. I told her nah, nothing good ever happens to me. I will always struggle, its my destiny, I am always the one to give, but when I am in need I can never seem to find anyone so why try there is less disappointment – I told her. She told me to have faith, and at the right moment when I least expect it but need it the most I will be found. Well, as always my mother was right, I was found by someone, found by YOU!

I will forever be in your debt. You are truly an angel sent to my family and to my Chester. Thank you from the depths of my heart.
Hi Mary,

I’m so happy for Chester and thank you for your kind words … thanks to great friends and our compassion for animals, we can help – we are a group effort that makes this happen! Our motto, “Together We Truly Do Make A Difference!” sums it up. Here’s to a long, healthy and loving life for you & Chester!! And, we look forward to meeting you, too!
If you would to help animals in need then please consider volunteering or donating. All donations are 100% tax deductable. Thank you!


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON FINDING LOST ANIMALS: http://www.petrescue.com/petlibrary/pet-rescue/how-to-find-a-lost-cat-or-dog/

Some of our recent efforts to assist animals in need include:

*VVSA Humane Society has had another busy year with our efforts to provide assistance to animals in need in Vermont. Some of the many efforts that we have been involved with this year are:

* VVSA investigated a case in Chester, Vermont, with the Chester Police Department involving inadequate shelter and other issues for a number of animals, including: horses, ducks, chickens, dogs, and goats.

* In Strafford, VT, we worked to resolve an issue (which has been a problem for 3 years) with numerous barn cats in need of spay/neuter and medical assistance.

* VVSA took in 12 cats and a dog, in early summer, when an elderly woman went into the nursing home and could no longer care for them. We needed to build a temporary shelter for their fostering by a long time VVSA friend, and we only recently placed the last two of these cats in a loving home in October.

* We facilitated in a number of adoptions throughout the year.

* We boarded a dog for a woman from Rutland, whose housing situation was unstable for three months.

* VVSA assisted in writing up and distributing a Department of Public Safety survey, meant to collect information on animal issues and education of all animal related personnel (Law Enforcement, Animal Control Officers, Humane Societies) in Vermont.

* We recently concluded the 130th episode of For The Animals public access TV show – a show that helps the educate the public on humane treatment of animals, as well as highlighting the issues of animal welfare and awareness.

* We assisted with the spay/neuter and medical care of numerous animals throughout the year.

* We distributed dog and cat food to local food shelves and families in need throughout the area.

These are just a sampling of the working programs that we continue to be involved in for the benefit of animals across our state, and we thank you for helping us to continue this important work. For info on our efforts to assist animals in need, please go to our