SNAP: Spay/Neuter Assistance Program
The Spay/Neuter Assistance Program of Northeast Iowa (SNAP) focuses on spaying and neutering cats and dogs in Northeast Iowa. If you are a low-income family or individual interested in receiving SNAP assistance to alter your dog or cat, and you live in Winneshiek, Howard, Clayton, Allamakee or Fayette County, fill out the application below.
SNAP is being funded by grants and donations. Funds are limited so all applicants may not receive spay or neuter services through this program. Your application will be kept on record and as funds become available, you will be contacted. You will be notified within one week of the receipt of your application and tax return. We must have both in order to determine eligibility.
Alternatively, if you would be willing to pay $65($70 w/rabies) for feline spay; $45($50 w/rabies) for feline neuter; or $75($80 w/rabies) for canine neuter, we can do that here. We can schedule these surgeries on Wednesdays when we have room in the schedule. Humane society animals take precedence. In order to take advantage of this, you will need to fill out a SNAP application here and we will contact you when we can fit you in.
Please fill out the attached application and email or send a copy of your past year's tax return, with social security number and birthdate blacked out for privacy reasons. The tax return will be used to verify you live in one of our five counties of residence as well as household size and income. SNAP assistance is given to families/individuals living at or below the poverty level based on federal guidelines. Please email to or mail or bring to HSNEI, 2345 Millennium Road, Decorah, IA 52101.
Please be aware that if you cannot verify that your pet has been vaccinated, the cooperating veterinarians may require vaccination at the time of spaying/neutering. This will be at your cost. The financial assistance being offered by this program is to be applied toward spaying/neutering only and will not apply toward physical exams, vaccinations, complications from the surgery, or other procedures. There is a limit of three SNAP grants per person.
There are area veterinarians who offer lower cost spay/neuters or discounts in particular months. Click here to see the list of resources.