Since 2014, the Fund has spent over 2.9 million dollars helping over 20,000 cats and dogs in Massachusetts!
The Fund receives over 50 requests for help each week. We distribute vouchers weekly based on revenue and surgery capacity. Animals in municipal shelters and in emergency situations get priority assistance, all other requests are added to a statewide wait-list. Approximate wait time for new requests in most areas is about 6 months. If you have an emergency situation, please contact Sheri at 617-626-1740. For general voucher inquiries please contact Kyle at 617-626-1790.
To find out if an animal qualifies for a voucher, please see our Animal Eligibility Chart.
For Massachusetts Residents (apply through your local Animal Control Officer)
Do you own a cat or dog that is not spayed or neutered? Is the cost of surgery a financial hardship for you or your family? The Mass Animal Fund can provide free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income residents for their cats and dogs. If you are eligible to receive government help such as: (TAFDC, SSI, VS, SNAP, WIC, etc.) you can qualify.
Massachusetts residents who qualify can apply by contacting their local animal control officer. Contact information for municipal animal control officers is available here: ACO List. PLEASE NOTE: Currently the Fund has close to 675 animals on its waitlist and the wait time for new voucher requests is over 7 months for most areas. If you need assistance sooner, please visit www.spaymass.org for a list of low cost options across the state. VOUCHER REQUESTS ARE MADE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL ACO, WE CAN NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS DIRECTLY FROM RESIDENTS. To save time you can prefill in our voucher application to give to your local ACO.
Have you submitted an application and want to know where you are on the waitlist? Refer to the waitlist number given to you in the approval email and check out the waitlist status pages below. If you did not receive a waitlist number, contact Kyle.Baron@mass.gov.
Already have a voucher and need to schedule surgery? Visit our Find a Provider page to find a participating veterinarian. Already applied for a voucher through your ACO and want to find out where you are on the waitlist, contact Kyle at 617-626-1790 or at Kyle.Baron@mass.gov.
For Feral Cat Caregivers (apply through your local Animal Control Officer)
Do you manage a feral colony? The Mass Animal Fund may have funds to help with the spaying/neutering feral cats. Eligible cats are those that are homeless, un-owned, free-roaming, unsocialized, and appear healthy. To be eligible these cats must be released back into their home colony, and receive a 3/8" ear tip at the time of surgery.
Caregivers seeking help should contact their local animal control officer. NO REQUESTS MADE DIRECTLY FROM CAREGIVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Vouchers must be in-hand before trapping and transporting the cat(s) to surgery.
Already have a voucher and need to schedule surgery? Visit our Find a Provider page to find a participating veterinarian.
For Animal Control Officers
Animal control officers can request vouchers for animals in their community. Homeless cats and dogs in municipal shelters, cats and dogs owned by low income residents, and feral cats may qualify for help.
Not sure if an animal qualifies? Please review our Animal Eligibility Chart.
To request vouchers for animals in ACO Care submit an ACO Voucher Request Form, to request a voucher for an owned animal submit an Owned Animal Voucher Request Form. To request vaccine vouchers for animals in ACO ( that have already been spayed/neutered) submit a Vaccine Only Request Form. To request vouchers for a feral cat project submit Community Cat Assistance Request Form. Forms can be emailed or faxed: Email: Kyle.Baron@mass.gov Fax: 617-626-1733. Requests need to be for specific animals; no general requests are accepted.
Look at our list of providers to see if there is a clinic in your area that has joined our program. (If you don’t see a clinic in your area, reach out to clinics known to you and ask them to sign up!)
For Participating Spay/Neuter Providers
Mass Animal Fund Providers may request a voucher for low-income clients who qualify for assistance.
Not sure if an animal qualifies? Please review our Animal Eligibility Chart