This program is designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs surrendered to and euthanized in shelters across the state. We hope to reduce these numbers by providing competitive grants to local governments and non-profit animal welfare organizations who will then provide free spay and neuter services. There are three grant opportunities, which provide funding so that these organizations can offer free spay/neuter in their communities for pets of low-income Marylanders; colonies of free-roaming, unowned community cats; and for capital expense projects such as opening or enhancing a low-cost spay/neuter clinic or mobile unit.
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. On January 6, 2023 at 12:00pm, the FY24 Spay and Neuter Grant Application window will open. The window will close at 5:01pm on Friday, March 31, 2023. For more information, please see this press release.
Applicants must submit their funding request via the Maryland OneStop portal. Paper applications are not accepted.
If you have had a grant in the past, or are an organization that submits quarterly shelter activity reports, please use your existing account to submit your application. If not, then you must create an account on the Maryland OneStop portal in order to apply. Please click the Maryland OneStop logo below to access the portal or to create an account.
For detailed instructions on how to submit an application, please download the following guide: