Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
Limited-income pet owners pay $20 per surgery in SNSI’s statewide network after meeting eligibility requirements.
NOTE: You must be a resident of the State of Indiana to request a SNAP application. SNSI utilizes veterinarians in surrounding states, but limits the program to Indiana residents.
Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) targets Indiana residents with:
- Household income at or below 200% of Federal Poverty guidelines (see list of Qualifying Programs below)
- Indiana residents that have been accepted in certain needs-based public assistance programs (see table of qualifying household income brackets below)
Download the list of participating Vet List. Please do not schedule your appointment until you receive the golden-rod spay/neuter surgery certificate from SNSI.
- Energy Assistance Program
- Food Stamps
- HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan)
- Major VA Disability
- Medicaid (not Medicare)
- Public School Free Lunch Program
- Section 8 Housing
- Social Security Disability (SSD) – (not S-S-Retirement Income)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
|Household Size||Gross Annual Income||Monthly||Weekly|
|For each additional person||add $8,040||$670||$168|
Note that using the SNAP program will not reduce the amount of government assistance that you receive.
Do you need transportation?
Many groups offer assistance. If you’re in a transport area, contact them to make arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How old should a pet be to get fixed?
A. Many vets spay or neuter at two months old and if the animal weighs at least two pounds. Other vets in our network recommend waiting until the animal is 4-6 months of age. It is important to note that cats can get pregnant as early as four months or age, and siblings will mate if not separated.
Q. Can a pet be too old to be fixed?
A. Many vets require preoperative blood work prior to performing surgery on an animal 8 years of age or older. Please check with vets in your area to determine their requirements.
Q. There are feral and free-roaming cats in my area. Can they be fixed at a low cost?
A. Yes. Many of SNSI’s partner vets will fix Community Cats for caretakers who qualify for the SNAP program. Please refer to the vet list and look for “CC” to determine which vets participate in the Community Cat program. The Community Cat package includes spay/neuter, a rabies vaccination, and an ear-tip to identify cats that have already been fixed.
Q. Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
A. Pets that are not fixed are prone to undesirable and dangerous behavior. Unfixed cats and dogs are more likely to urinate on carpet and furniture. Unfixed dogs are more likely to bite or attack other animals. Fixing female animals before their first heat cycle greatly reduces the chance of numerous cancers and prevents unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering saves money, saves lives, and can help your pet live a longer, happier life.
What if I don’t qualify for SNAP?
If you don’t qualify for SNAP, many organizations throughout Indiana have low-cost spay/neuter opportunities. Please look to the map located on our home page and search for low-cost spay/neuter services.