Coastal Humane Society was awarded a Belvedere Grant for the amount of $15,000 for the purpose of spaying and neutering pet cats of low-income owners and maintained colonies of feral cats in the 14 communities with whom we contract. The grant will be used to cover the cost of spaying or neutering approximately 230 cats through August 2015.
Because of limitations of our current facility, Coastal Humane Society will use the grant monies for a voucher program to assist low-income cat owners as well as caretakers of feral cat colonies.
To be eligible for the program, the cat owner must:
- Live in one of our contracted towns (Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Durham, Falmouth, Freeport, Harpswell, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Phippsburg, Pownal, Topsham, Woolwich, or Yarmouth.)
- Provide Proof of financial need by presenting any form of government assistance (such as MaineCare, SNAP, or TANF cards) OR two consecutive pay stubs showing income at or below 138% of current federal poverty guidelines as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PLEASE NOTE: if you are feeding a group of outdoor (feral) cats and need help getting them spayed/neutered, you do not have to provide proof of financial need.
- Caretakers of feral colonies must also agree to a site visit and approval by a representative of Coastal Humane Society.
Applicants who qualify will be issued one voucher for each cat. The voucher will be for the amount of $60 and will apply to the cost of the spay or neuter. There is no limit on the number of cats per qualified owner, though Coastal Humane Society reserves the right to create one should the need arise.
Once the voucher is issued, the owner will contact the participating clinic of his or her choice and make an appointment for the surgery. A representative of Coastal will be available to offer advice about trapping and transporting colony cats and can put caretakers in contact with other support resources.
Please note: Providing spay/neuter services to feral cats is entirely at the discretion of participating clinics. Limits to the number of vouchers accepted are at the discretion of participating clinics. Any additional medical requirements of the participating clinic, such as an accompanying exam or rabies vaccine, will be the responsibility of the pet owner or may be donated by the clinic.
Androscoggin Animal Hospital 157 Foreside Road, Topsham
Sunray Animal Clinic 46 Bath Road, Brunswick
Community Spay/Neuter Clinic 475 U.S. Route 1, Freeport
The Veterinary Clinic 304 Maine Street, Brunswick
Topsham Veterinary Wellness 10 Monument Place, Topsham
Learn more about participating clinics here.
FOR CLINICS ONLY:
To redeem vouchers, please mail them to:
Debra Meservier, Director of Finance
Coastal Humane Society
190 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME 04011