Spay and Neuter Grants Program
Welcome to Maryland's Spay and Neuter Grants Program!
Established by Senate Bill 820 (SB820/HB767) in the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 legislative session, this program was designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs surrendered to and euthanized in shelters across Maryland, by providing grants to local governments and non-profit animal welfare organizations, who will then provide free spay and neuter services to pet dogs and cats of low income Marylanders, and for colonies of feral/community cats. There are three competitive grant opportunities offered annually, for owned pets, feral cats, and capital expenses. The grant window typically opens in early January and closes in late March/early April, and government and non-profit organizations across Maryland are encouraged to apply. More information regarding the grant opportunities can be found here. The program is not taxpayer-funded; it is financed in full by fees paid from pet food manufacturers, who sell their products in Maryland.
This program does not provide funding directly to individuals. If you are a pet owner seeking services for your dog or cat, please click here to see a list of our active pet programs. If you are seeking programs for unowned/feral cats, please click here to see a list of programs for free roaming cats.
Upcoming Advisory Board Meetings:
The next meeting of the SNAB will be held in August 2024.
January 5, 2024: FY25 Spay and Neuter Grant Application Window Opens Today
On January 5, 2024, at 12:00pm, the FY25 Spay and Neuter Grant Application window will open for animal welfare nonprofit organizations and government animal shelters to apply for funding, in order to provide free spay and neuter services in their communities. To view the press release, please click here.
December 18, 2023: FY25 Spay and Neuter Grant Application Window Opens January 5, 2024
On January 5, 2024, at 12:00pm, the FY25 Spay and Neuter Grant Application window will open for animal welfare nonprofit organizations and government animal shelters to apply for funding, in order to provide free spay and neuter services in their communities. For more information, please click here.
November 1, 2023: Congratulations to the 32 projects selected as recipients in the FY24 grant cycle!
On March 31, 2023, the FY24 grant application period closed after receiving 36 applications to provide spay and neuter services to dogs and cats across Maryland. After careful review, the Spay and Neuter Advisory Board met on August 11, 2023 to discuss the applications, and selected 32 of those programs to be fully or partially funded. These 32 projects will target another 14,590 spay and neuter surgeries for pets of low income families, and community cat projects. Projects are set to start in October 2023 be active until the end of 2024. The total amount funded was $902,958.00. For information about projects in your county, please click here
for owned pet programs, and click here
for community/feral cat programs.