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Spay/Neuter Program - FY2015 Funded Projects


Maryland Votes For Animals identified the need for a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce shelter euthanasia rates and initiated work on spay/neuter program legislation in 2010. At that time, Maryland shelters euthanized 45,000 cats and dogs every year at a cost of $8-9 million dollars to Maryland taxpayers.

Between 2010 and 2013, a legislative Task Force was formed to address this important animal welfare issue and to make recommendations regarding the establishment of a spay/neuter fund. The Task Force issued a report providing background information, findings, and recommendations, and found that an avoidable occurrence of euthanasia existed in Maryland due to shelter overpopulation. This overpopulation and euthanasia was found to cause an unnecessary loss of animal life, in addition to placing significant cost burdens on local governments and trauma to staff at animal welfare facilities.

The Task Force concluded that the need for affordable spay/neuter services is a matter of statewide concern, and recommended reducing euthanasia in the State through a state spay/neuter program.

MVFA's top legislative priority in 2013 was passage of the state Spay/Neuter program bill introduced by Sen. Joanne Benson and Del. Barbara Frush. The legislative purpose behind the bill was the provision of critically-needed spay/neuter services in the state to combat shelter overpopulation and reduce Maryland's euthanasia of cats and dogs.

This multi-year effort by MVFA, working together with legislators, coalition partners, and advocates supporting the bill, resulted in the passage of legislation establishing the state spay/neuter program in 2013. The first program funding cycle accepted applications in August, 2014, and that cycle saw the approval of 14 projects across the state for funding. This is an historic moment for animal welfare in Maryland, and through perseverence and patience, this life-saving legislation was passed and implemented.

This is how we make a difference, working together for the animals.

The 14 grantees, receiving a total of $474,785, are listed below. The next call for proposals is expected to be announced in early spring 2015.

  • Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and Maryland SPCA (Baltimore City), $94,000 – Project targets low-income urban pet owners in those zip codes in the city identified through shelter data as sources of significant shelter intake. The areas with greatest need will be provided outreach, education and no-cost surgeries for up to 750 cats and 250 dogs.
  • City of Greenbelt, Planning and Development (Prince George’s County), $74,562 – Project is a four-city partnership that targets low-income pet owners in Greenbelt, College Park, New Carrollton, and the Town of Berwyn Heights and will provide outreach, transportation, and no-cost surgeries for 636 cats and 315 dogs. 
  • Prince George’s County, $49,580 -  Project provides outreach, education and no-cost spay and neuter services (with transportation if necessary) to low-income pet owners in towns throughout western Prince George’s County and will provide no-cost surgeries for 146 cats and 219 dogs.
  • HART For Animals, Inc, (Garrett & Allegany Counties), $42,345 – Project targets low-income pet owners throughout both counties to provide no-cost surgeries for 400 cats and 275 dogs.
  • Baltimore Humane Soc. (Baltimore County), $34,416 – Project targets Milford Mill (located between Randallstown and Woodlawn) and will provide low-income pet owners with education and weekly events as well as no-cost surgeries for 150 dogs and 50 cats.
  • Humane Soc. of Wicomico County, $31,810 – Project provides transportation and no-cost surgeries to any low-income county resident but especially targets low-income pet owners in the north side of Salisbury, southwest side of Delmar, the Town of Sharptown, and the Town of Pittsville for 234 cats and 78 dogs.
  • Rude Ranch/Spay Spa and Neuter Nook (Anne Arundel County), $29,275 – Project targets low-income pet owners in Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Severn, and Pasadena and will provide no-cost surgeries to 400 cats and 100 dogs. 
  • Caroline County Humane Soc. (Caroline County) $22,150 – Project targets low-income pet owners in Federalburg and Denton and will provide no-cost surgeries to 175 cats and 50 pitbulls.
  • SPCA/Humane Soc. of Prince George’s County, $20,000 – Project targets low-income pet owners in East Riverdale/Bladensburg and Langley Park, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights, Glassmanor/Oxon Hill, Suitland/Coral Hills, and Kentland/Palmer Park through 10 events over a year and expects to provide no-cost surgeries for up to 1,000 pets.
  • Laurel Cats, Inc. (Prince George’s County), $18,920 – Project targets low-income pet owners in eastern Laurel and will provide outreach and no-cost surgeries to 300 cats.
  • Humane Soc. of Charles County, $18,348 – Project targets low-income pet owners in the towns of Indianhead and Waldorf and will provide no-cost surgeries to 220 cats and 110 dogs.
  • Charm City Companions (Baltimore city), $17,340 – Project targets low-income pet owners in northeast Baltimore city, in and around McElderry Park area and will provide no-cost surgeries to 200 pets.
  • ReLove Animals, Inc. (Baltimore city), $12,859 – Project will provide low-income dog owners in Park Heights with transportation and no-cost surgeries, to 120 dogs.
  • Talbot Humane (Talbot County): $9,180 – Project targets low-income pitbull owners in Talbot County and will provide no-cost surgeries to 100 dogs.

For more information about the program.

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