Spay / Neuter Assistance Program

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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.

Perhaps you don't qualify under our low-income guidelines and are looking for other spay neuter resources. Check out the links at the bottom of this page.

Who is eligible?
  • The Pet Population voucher is based on "Low Income WIC Guidelines" (combined income of the entire household)
  • 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, the last two most recent 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 their 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:

  • Illinois resident
  • 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 Illinois Department of Public Health for more information and for application.

525 West Jefferson St
Springfield, IL 62761




Other Spay Neuter Resources

Winnebago County Animal Services offers these links as a resource only and does not endorse any program or clinic or guarantee their availability, services, or fees.

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Use a rabies tag, microchip, or an ID tag with your name and current phone number.  

Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
P: 815-319-4100
F: 815-319-4101

Shelter Hours:
Monday: 12pm until 7pm
Tuesday thru Friday: 12pm until 5pm
Saturday: 11am until 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Adoptions end 1/2 hour before closing.