Since 2014, the Fund has spent over 1.5 million dollars helping over 12,000 cats and dogs in Massachusetts. The Fund receives over 100 requests for help each week. We distribute vouchers weekly based on revenue and surgery capacity. ( Due to Covid-19 spread reduction efforts, we are temporarily only issuing vouchers for cats/dogs in municipal shelters and for emergency cases. Please check back in April for updated voucher waitlist times.) If you have an emergency situation, please contact Sheri at 617-626-1740. For general voucher inquiries please contact Cary 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 wait time for new voucher requests is over 6 months. If you need assistance sooner, please visit www.spaymass.org for a list of low cost options accross 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.
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 ion the waitlist, contact Cary at 617-626-1790 or at Cary.Payton@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.
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
To request a voucher submit a Voucher Request Form to Sheri Gustafson. Requests need to be for specific animals; no general requests are accepted.