Spay & Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP)

SNIP stands for spay and neuter incentive program. This program is available to residents of Ray County who need assistance in spaying or neutering their pets. This is a low-cost program, not a free program. There are guidelines to be eligible to participate.

We will release a limited number of vouchers per month. We hope to help with over 100 spay and neuter procedures in 2024. Spaying and neutering are huge in combating the country’s massive pet overpopulation problem. We have to fix today to fix tomorrow!

Our Mission

The mission of SNIP is to provide access to an affordable spay/neuter program, which will help in reducing the homeless animal population. Many rural towns do not have access to programs like this one. Most programs are in large metropolitan areas, making it difficult for rural residents to benefit from them.

Our goal is to one day open our program to the surrounding rural areas of Ray County to offer those residents the same opportunities to spay and neuter their animals at a cost they can afford. We want to see a world where there are no homeless dogs or cats — a world where there is no more suffering or euthanasia.

Spay and neuter your pets. Fix today to fix tomorrow.

SNIP Guidlines

To participate, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Ray County resident
  • Family income less than $50,000 a year
  • Individual income less than $39,000 a year
  • Use an approved veterinarian through the program
  • Pets must be 6 months of age or older (unless cleared with vet)
  • Pets must be 7 years of age or younger
  • Pets must weigh less than 80 pounds
  • Pets must be current on all vaccines (The City of Richmond organizes a reduced vaccination clinic every year in June)

An applicant may only apply for 2 pets per year to participate in this program. Ready to apply? Fill out the application form to get started! Do not contact the veterinarian’s office until you have received your voucher(s).

More About SNIP: How It Works

  • Dog Spay/Neuter Cost: $40
  • Cat Spay/Neuter Cost: $25
  • Once a participant receives their voucher(s), they can make an appointment with the veterinarian.
  • The participant will pay their cost, which is a deposit. This deposit must be paid when booking an appointment and is non-refundable.
  • No-shows will not be tolerated. You will forfeit your deposit and no longer be able to participate in the program. No excuses. No exceptions.

Why Spay and Neuter

  1. Your dog or cat will be better behaved and less likely to roam, howl, spray, and jump the fence. With their drive to breed removed, dogs and cats are calmer, more content, less aggressive, and aren’t inclined to wander from home in search of a mate. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered.
  2. Your dog or cat will be healthier and happier. Dogs and cats have a longer expected lifespan and are significantly less likely to develop certain cancers and other life-threatening illnesses.
  3. You will save money. Caring for unwanted litters and the medical treatment associated with an unfixed pet is expensive.
  4. Your pet will be less likely to attract unwanted strays to your home or property.
  5. You will eliminate female heat cycles and the inconvenience involved.
  6. You will save thousands of lives. Failing to spay/neuter is the biggest cause of pet overpopulation, suffering, and euthanasia. Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter shelters every year. There are not enough people to adopt all of the animals. Approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized annually — that’s 2,520 dogs or cats per day. This is a harsh reality, but it is reality! We can change this! We can make a difference!

Support Our Mission

SNIP surgeries are subsidized by donations and grant programs, and we have partnered with local veterinarians to make this program possible. This program is funded by generous donations from people like you! To help provide low-cost spay and neuter options for pet owners in Ray County, there are several ways you can get involved:

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