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Maryland Dept. of Ag Grant Offers Free Spay/Neuter to Cats

At this time, we are unable to accept new appointments as our waiting list is full. Stay tuned to find out if we receive additional funding for next year.

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to offer free spay/neuter services to owned cats living with low income families in the 21740, 21795, 21722, and 21783 zip codes. All cats fixed under the grant will also receive a free rabies vaccine, if necessary.

To qualify, individuals must reside in the 21740, 21795, 21722, or 21783 zip codes and earn $50,000 or less annually.

“We’re thrilled to have received this generous funding from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and look forward to using it to address the cat overpopulation in our community,” said Nikki Houser, Veterinary Center Director. 

The grant program began in October and runs through September 30, 2018 or until the $12,850 funding is exhausted.

The HSWC was required to identify a specific area for the grant. The 21740 zip code was selected based on a combination of the shelter’s feline intake population and the U.S. Census Bureau Report showing poverty levels in this area. The addition of the 21795, 21722, and 21783 zip codes was approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture in February in order to expand the scope of the grant.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, qualified residents may call 301-733-2060 ext. 220.

If area residents do not qualify, there are additional options for owned cats to be altered at reduced rates:

  • Check with your local veterinarian about spay/neuter offers or discounts they may offer.
  • Consult Promise Animal League for low-cost spay/neuter services.
  • Visit or call HSWC to inquire about purchasing a SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) voucher.