Washington County residents who are receiving county, state or federal government financial assistance, Social Security or disability benefits may qualify for our DOGSNIP or CATSNIP programs. Both of these programs are funded through grants and donations. DOGSnip has a $40.00 co-pay for each dog spay or neuter surgery. CATSNIP has a $20 co-pay per cat. To qualify, applicants must have an approval letter from appropriate government agency indicating receipt of public assistance, Social Security or disability benefits. Assistance is also available for individuals maintaining feral cat colonies; however, there is a limit of five (5) cats per fiscal year.
The SNAP program (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) provides a discount voucher redeemable at any participating Washington County veterinarian for spaying and neutering. It is funded by the Washington County Dog Licensing Program. SNAP covers $80 for a dog spay/neuter plus $10 per animal for pain medication, $60 for a female cat spay plus $10 per animal for pain medication, $30 for male cat neuter plus $10 per animal for pain medication. All residents of Washington County qualify. Additional program requirements are proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination. If unavailable, the client will be required to pay for them when they drop off their pet at the clinic for surgery. There is a limit of three (3) cats and two (2) dogs per fiscal year.
There is no co-pay to the HSWC. Note: Additional expenses may be incurred at the veterinarian’s office.
Animal Vaccination Voucher
This program was established to provide financial assistance for animals owned by fiscally challenged residents of Washington County. Through this program, residents may have their dog or cat inoculated against easily transmitted diseases (Rabies and Bordetella) for free. This program is dependent upon available funding.
The H.E.L.P. Program
The H.E.L.P. program assists owners in retaining ownership of their pet. For emergency situations the program can assist with veterinary costs, temporary boarding of pets, pet deposits, etc. ($100 limit). Any Washington County resident who is currently experiencing a hardship due to the economic climate may qualify. Additional requirements are proof of financial hardship, such as unemployment benefits, proof of pending foreclosure, notice of bankruptcy, or workers’ compensation benefits. This program is dependent upon available funding.
Pet Food Bank
The Pet Food Bank is a free service driven by donations from individuals and businesses in the community. This program receives no funding from state or local government. The Pet Food Bank is available for anyone who needs emergency food. To receive food a person would need to walk into the shelter and speak to a Customer Service Representative. This program is also dependent upon available donations.
Silver Lining for Seniors
Silver Lining for Seniors is a program established by local Washington County resident, certified professional dog trainer and owner of BPWSITV Karol Kennedy, along with brothers John and Michael to honor the memory of their mother Marie. The program provides financial assistance to enable Washington County senior citizens to adopt animals from the HSWC!