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« on: December 18, 2009, 01:27:51 PM »


Vermont Volunteer Services Humane Society
PO Box 100
Bridgewater, VT 05034

Senior Citizen Assistance

Seniors often rely on animal companionship but can be financially strained due to prohibitive animal care costs. VVSA provides support and assistance to help seniors feed and take care of their animal companions.

Suggest contacting them for more information.

Vermont Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP)

Hundreds of loving, adoptable, animals are killed in VT yearly due to over breeding. There is a program available for Vermonters on State/Federal assistance programs. Send a self addressed stamped envelope (#10) with .61 cents postage to: VSNIP, P.O. Box 100, Bridgewater, VT 05034. Request one application per animal.

A newly created program, the Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP) will enable income eligible people that provide care for cats and dogs to receive financial assistance in which to have these animals neutered and vaccinated.

A yearly $3.00 charge to the registration fee for dog licenses supports this program. This modest increase creates a designated fund allowing those on social assistance programs, such as SSI, Food Stamps, Section 8, Medicaid, etc., to obtain financial assistance for these important procedures. The associated costs for vaccinations and surgery are reduced at the participating offices, and the fees are paid to the veterinarians through the designated fund. Clients are responsible for a $25.00 co-payment for each animal. To date, the over eighty offices that have joined this visionary program represent the majority of Vermont veterinarians that provide care for companion animals.

List of participating vets at link.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010, 10:48:30 AM »

Vermont-Chittenden county-

Humane Society of Chittenden County
142 Kindness Court
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 862-0135
fax (802)860-5868

Burlington Free Press February 10, 2010

Abandoned animals continue to be recession victims in Vermont

"We have heard more from folks who say the reason for relinquishing their animals is economic reasons,” said BJ Rogers, the executive director of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

"He said many pet owners find themselves in a bind when forced to leave a house when downsizing, or when a loss of income makes it harder to pay for pet food. The Humane Society at times provides donated food or other services to pet owners who are going through a rough patch financially.

“We try to provide folks with the resources to maintain the pets in their homes. In a lot of cases, it’s getting over the hump that makes all the difference,” Rogers said."

If you are in this area and need help, contact the Society for more information.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010, 05:45:05 AM »

Vermont-Windham county-

Windham County Humane Society
916 West River Road
PO Box 397
Brattleboro, VT 05302
Phone: 802 254 2232
Fax: 802 254 3680

Rabies Clinics

Each year, with the cooperation of local veterinarians, the WCHS operates low-cost rabies clinics throughout Windham County. Rabies is on the rise in Vermont and can be deadly for pets and humans, so don't neglect to have your pet vaccinated. Call or check the Scheduled Events page to find out when our next clinic will be held.

The Windham County Humane Society is partnering with Dr. Sara White of Spay ASAP to offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics to residents of Windham County.

In addition, the Vermont Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP) enables income eligible people that provide care for cats and dogs to receive financial assistance to have these animals neutered and vaccinated. Most of the vets in the area are part of the program which only charges $25 for spaying or neutering. Call WCHS to request an application.

More information and schedule is at the link above.

Brattleboro Reformer February 24, 2010

BRATTLEBORO -- "When local farmer Dean Hamilton heard the Windham County Humane Society was spaying and neutering feral cats for free, he knew it presented him with a perfect opportunity to fix his growing problem.

"With 30 house cats and another 30 living in his barn, Hamilton was faced with an impressive but unwanted increase in his local cat population.

"Thankfully for him, the Vermont Humane Federation recently secured a $50,000 grant making it possible for animal lovers to help control the cat population at no cost to them.

"The grant is available to Vermont Humane Society member shelters throughout Vermont, but local shelter was the first to take advantage of the program.

"The only catch, said Annie Guion, executive director of the Windham County Humane Society, is that people have to be willing to trap the cats and bring them in. The Humane Society will provide live traps and cages.

"Guion will continue to host 18 similar clinics every month. Twelve, she said, will be for pets only. Generally the procedure runs between $30 and $40 -- less than a third of what many veterinarians charge -- but cat owners have to be eligible for the assistance.

"I"f they can afford the vet, then we want them to go to the vet," Guion said.

""Most people want to do right by their animals and don’t mind helping us do that," she added. "We’re a nonprofit, and we’re just asking people to pull their own weight while we provide a lot of assistance."

"In addition, six TNR (Trap Neuter Release) clinics will be held specially for feral or free-roaming cats.

""People can call and we can set something up," Guion said."

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