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Spay/Neuter Voucher Program resumes July 1!

Below is a press release that came out July 1 announcing that the voucher program will resume! We don’t have all of the details about how it will be funded yet, but we’re hopeful that it will be sustainable. A big THANK YOU to all of our supporters for making your voice known to the County Commissioners and letting them know how important this program is to the community. Thanks, also, to Commissioner Ken Hagen for his tremendous support. He continues to be a true asset to the animals in our community! Thanks, also to Carole Baskin and Big Cat Rescue for helping us spread the word about this important issue.

We will post more information as soon as we have it.

Popular Pet Program To Resume in Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough County Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for pet owners on income assistance will resume today, July 1.  Hillsborough County Animal Services temporarily stopped issuing new vouchers in order to assess available funding a few weeks ago.

Under the program, residents of Hillsborough County who meet qualifying guidelines may obtain sterilization surgery for their owned pets from dozens of participating clinics and veterinarians.  Residents must supply an approved voucher and $10 co-payment for service which includes a rabies vaccination and pet registration tag.  Application forms,  program guidelines, suggested documentation needed for application approval, and a list of participating veterinary clinics  are all listed on the County website.   The voucher applications (in English and Spanish) are also available at Hillsborough County Animal Services (440 Falkenburg Road, N., Tampa).

Pet owners and participating veterinarians should note an important new difference in the expiration policy for the Hillsborough County Spay/Neuter Program: citizens must now redeem vouchers for their pet’s surgery within 30 days of issuance.  Pet owners are encouraged to contact any and all participating veterinary clinics as necessary in order to schedule appointments within the 30 day window.

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved the low-cost spay/neuter voucher program in 2002 to be funded through sales of pet registration tags.  Thanks to outreach by the Department of Animal Services and an array of committed community partners, this program soared to unprecedented success in a few short years.   A national spay/neuter expert was recently commissioned to assess Hillsborough County’s spay/neuter voucher program and declared it one of the most progressive and successful in the nation.

Targeted to economically-challenged residents, the Hillsborough County Spay/Neuter Voucher Program is integral to the core missions for animal welfare and public safety while promoting responsible pet ownership.  In addition to reducing pet overpopulation and the spread of disease, spaying and neutering reduces unwanted pet behaviors (including aggression), dog-bites, and the incidence of certain cancers in animals.

For more information on the benefits of spaying/neutering pets or the voucher program, contact Hillsborough County Animal Services at 813.744.5660 or online at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices.

July 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment


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