New Program Begins in Illinois

The state's Animal Population Control Program offers discounts on spay and neuter surgeries for low-income pet owners and feral cat caretakers.

Posted: March 12, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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The Illinois Dept. of Health began the Animal Population Control Program designed to financially help owners and provide inexpensive spayings and neuterings
The Illinois Animal Population Control Program provides discounts on spay and neuter surgeries. (Stock photo)

As of the first of the year, the Animal Population Control Program became effective. The program, administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, makes it possible for feral cat caretakers and pet owners who receive food stamps or social security disability payments to have their cats and dogs vaccinated and spayed or neutered for $15.

Currently, 90 veterinarians throughout the state of Illinois participate in the Animal Population Control Program. Illinois residents can apply for the discounted services at local health departments, Department of Human Services’ offices and certain veterinarians’ offices.

“With this program, Illinois has shown its commitment to help protect the public and stop the killing of pets,” said Ledy VanKavage, ASPCA senior director of legal training and legislation. “…I’m proud to see a Midwestern state join the pack of progressive states in the East — like New Hampshire and Delaware — that are launching innovative, well-funded pet population control programs.”

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

6/18/2013 9:19:24 AM

Gail -- We sent you an email about this, too, but we recommend a web search of this service or any other that could provide low-cost spay/neuter services. Alternatively, speak to your vet about your financial situation and see if they might offer a discount or payment plan. Good luck -- thank you for being a responsible pet owner!

gail    Georgetown, MA

6/17/2013 9:28:57 AM

I am on disability and have a twelve week old kitted that needs to be neutered and get its shots how can I apply for this program to have this done

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

3/12/2007 11:06:37 PM

I wish the County or City we live in had something like that. We have to take our cats over 50 miles to a low cost Spay/Neuter center to get an inexpensive price for spaying/neutering the cats we rescue and the cats we TNR.

yinyin    ankeny, IA

3/12/2007 3:44:53 PM


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