Spay and Neuter Advisory Board

petsThe Spay and Neuter Advisory Board recommends the guidelines and regulations needed to implement the state’s Spay and Neuter Fund, which was established by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2013 Legislative Session as a new program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA).
The program is designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state by providing grants to local governments and animal welfare organizations that promote and provide spay and neuter services to pets of low income Marylanders and to colonies of feral cats, where not prohibited by local law.   (To find out more about the genesis of the program, check out the Program Background link on the program webpage.)
Members of the Advisory Board, appointed by the Agriculture Secretary, are:
  • Dr. Amy Holstein, a private practice veterinarian, representing veterinarians;
  • Robin Catlett, Administrator of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, representing a local animal control agency;
  • Caroline Griffin (Chair), attorney and serves on Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare Institute representing an animal welfare organization;
  • Amy Hanigan, attorney and private business consultant, one of two members representing an animal welfare advocacy organization;
  • Steve Connelly, MDA Assistant Secretary for Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services, representing the Secretary;
  • Emily Hovermale, Maryland  State Director of the U.S. Humane Society, one of two members representing an animal welfare advocacy organization; and
  • Kim Skillman, District Manger for MD/PA/DE with Pet Valu, representing the interest of the pet food industry.

The program is funded by a specific fee levied on registered dog and cat feed and treats. The program expires in 2022.