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Vouchers for Low-Income Residents
Winnebago County, in conjunction with the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association, offers financial assistance toward sterilization services for pets whose owners meet certain financial criteria. Services are provided by the area veterinary hospitals at a reduced rate for those owners who qualify through Animal Services. If you don't qualify financially, please view the other spay/neuter resources towards the bottom of this page.
Who is eligible?
The Pet Population voucher is based on "Low Income WIC Guidelines" (which means the it is the combined income of the entire household). You may be working and still qualify for the voucher.
Receiving Food Stamps or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Winnebago County residents
Must bring proof of current rabies vaccination and county registration tag
Only the registered owner can apply for the voucher
Must bring a state issued identification
How do I prove I am eligible?
Letter from Illinois Department of Human Services showing amount of food stamps or SNAP benefits received monthly. Must be current information
Letter from federal government showing monthly benefits; letter must clearly state that benefits are SSDI or SSI
Most current W-2's, two paycheck stubs, or Federal IRS 1040's of all income earning household members
What are the out-of-pocket costs for the pet owner?
The voucher is a $20 co-payment which will cover the sterilization procedure
Animal Services is not obligated to reimburse veterinary charges for necessary/recommended medical treatment not related to the sterilization surgery
***Make sure you check with your veterinarian for his/her procedure and process when utilizing the Pet Population Voucher.***
Animal Population Control Program- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
The Animal Population Control Program of Illinois is a low-cost spay/neuter program from Illinois residents. This is a state level funded program. It is an application process through IDPH found here.
To be eligible you must be:
Own the dog/cat
Be eligible for Food Stamps or Social Security Disability Insurance.
You must pay the participating veterinarian a $15 co-pay per each animal at the time of surgery. Please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health for more information and for application.
525 West Jefferson St
Springfield, IL 62761
(217)557-9232 (call for latest update on program)
Do you have unaltered barn cats and/or feral cats around your home? Are you a resident of Winnebago County? If yes, please consider taking part in Winnebago County Animal Service’s TNR Initiative.
Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR is a humane and effective method for managing feral and stray cats populations. The cats are trapped and brought to WCAS where they are then spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped, and ear-tipped. The cats are then returned back to their original territory. Cats that are judged by our veterinary staff to have a sickness or injury that makes return inhumane may unfortunately be euthanized.
We know that there are community organizations in our region that have had active TNR programs for years. Our goal at WCAS is to continuously improve our service to the residents of Winnebago County. Since October of 2019 we have begun to take an active role by making dozens of TNR surgery spots available to community members willing to transport unowned outdoor cats to us for the service.
Other Spay Neuter Resources
Perhaps you don't qualify under low-income guidelines and are looking for other spay neuter resources? Check out these links provided as a resource only and not endorsed by Winnebago County Animal Services as to their availability, services, or fees.
- Contact Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary - they offer spay and neuter of feral cats and female pitbulls for a co-pay.
- Contact PAWS Humane Society - they offer spay and neuter of feral cats for a co-pay
- Contact C.A.R.E. for Pets at 779-208-4060