Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)
Created in 2006, the Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP) enables income eligible people that provide care for cats and dogs to receive financial assistance in which to have these animals neutered and vaccinated.
Vermont has a surplus animal population that forces the euthanasia of otherwise healthy, adoptable companion animals. According to the latest available statistics, nearly 3,000 animals were euthanized in one year, due in part to this problematic situation.
Recognizing that the price of sterilization surgery is cost prohibitive for low-income households, a legislative solution was sought. A plan similar to the successful assistance program of New Hampshire, in which humane shelters recognized a 75% drop in their euthanasia rate after ten years of their state assistance program`s operation, was drafted in Vermont. It passed the legislature with overwhelming support from humane societies, veterinarians, and voters. VSNIP currently has 80 points of service statewide participating in the program.
A yearly $3.00 charge to the registration fee for dog licenses supports this program. This modest increase creates a designated fund allowing those on social assistance programs, such as SSD, Food Stamps, Section 8, Medicaid, etc., to obtain financial assistance for these important procedures. The associated costs for vaccinations and surgery are reduced at the participating offices, and the fees are paid to the veterinarians through the designated fund. Clients are responsible for a $25.00 co-payment for each animal. To date, the over eighty offices that have joined this visionary program represent the majority of Vermont veterinarians that provide care for companion animals.
VSNIP is under the directive of the VT Agency of Human Services. The program evolved through a statewide spay neuter program created by VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society in 1986. To receive an application please call 1-855-478-7647. If you experience any problems, please call 802-672-5302.