Income-qualified pet owners pay $25 per surgery, utilizing vets in Indiana Humane Services’ statewide network.
NOTE: You must be a resident of the State of Indiana to request a SNAP application. Indiana Humane Services utilizes veterinarians in surrounding states, but limits the program to Indiana residents.
Step 1 - Do You Qualify
If you receive any of the below-listed benefits or fall below the income requirements listed in the table, you qualify for SNAP. You must upload a document to prove you are income qualified (e.g., upload a photo of your HIP card, Hoosier Works card, pay stub, cover page of federal tax return, etc. ) You must be an Indiana resident to apply.
Note that using the SNAP program will not reduce the amount of government assistance that you receive.
- Energy Assistance Program
- Food Stamps (Hoosier Works)
- HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan)
- Major VA Disability
- Medicaid (not Medicare)
- Public School Free Lunch Program
- Section 8 Housing
- Social Security Disability (SSD) – (not S-S-Retirement Income)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
|Household Size||Gross Annual Income||Monthly||Weekly|
|For each additional person||add $8,690||$747||$172|
Step 2 - How SNAP Works (Must Read)
The online SNAP Application opens each Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. Before applying, read this entire page so you fully understand the program and how it works. Due to a tight budget and high demand, Indiana Humane Services issues 100 certificates per week, so be ready to apply promptly each week.
After you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation message. Indiana Humane Services will mail a spay/neuter certificate(s) to you. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the certificate to arrive due to the US Postal Service*.
Step 3 - Participating Vets
Be sure to check our Vet List at the bottom of the page for participating vets in your area. Note that most vets participate in the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP.) Please review the list carefully to determine program participation.
State law requires that your pet has a current rabies vaccine. Either check with the vet of your choice regarding the price of the vaccines, or Google “low cost pet vaccines near me” to find options in your area. Be sure to bring your pet’s rabies vaccination paperwork to your spay/neuter appointment.
Do not schedule an appointment with a participating vet until you have received your gold-colored spay/neuter certificate. When you do receive your certificate, be sure to schedule your appointment right away. Certificates expire four months from the date of issue, and vet offices can be extremely busy.
Please do not lose your goldenrod certificate or allow it to expire. Lost and expired certificates may be reissued at Indiana Humane Services’ discretion. There will be a $10 reissue fee, payable by money order.
Step 4 - Apply for SNAP
Frequently Asked Questions
Many vets spay or neuter at two months old and if the animal weighs at least two pounds. Other vets in our network recommend waiting until the animal is 4-6 months of age. It is important to note that cats can get pregnant as early as four months or age, and siblings will mate if not separated.
Many vets require preoperative blood work prior to performing surgery on an animal 8 years of age or older. Please check with vets in your area to determine their requirements.
Yes. Many of our partner vets will fix Community Cats for caretakers who qualify for the SNAP program. Please refer to the vet list and look for “CCP” to determine which vets participate in the Community Cat Program. The Community Cat package includes spay/neuter, a rabies vaccination, and a MANDATORY ear-tip to identify cats that have already been fixed.
Pets that are not fixed are prone to undesirable and dangerous behavior. Unfixed cats and dogs are more likely to urinate on carpet and furniture. Unfixed male cats have strong-smelling urine due to the high levels of testosterone. The odor lessens after being neutered.
If you don’t qualify for SNAP, many organizations throughout Indiana have low-cost spay/neuter opportunities. Please look to the map linked by our Additional Programs on the Programs page and search for low-cost spay/neuter services. You can also Google “low cost spay neuter near me”.
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