Animal homelessness is an ongoing concern in Massachusetts. The Division of Animal Health offers programs and services that work to protect and control the number of homeless animals. The state hopes to bring this issue to light by spreading awareness and sharing information on the Commonwealth’s available resources.
Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund
The Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and seeks to end animal homelessness in the Commonwealth. A main solution to this problem, which the fund highly prioritizes, is paying for the costs of spaying and neutering animals.
How to Receive Assistance
Having a pet spayed or neutered can be a financial burden. The Massachusetts Animal Fund dedicates a portion of its capital to helping low-income residents pay for spaying and neutering surgery by issuing vouchers. Clinics determine whether pet owners are eligible for financial assistance to spay or neuter their pets. A Voucher Request Form can be submitted by a clinic or animal control officer on behalf of residents in need of financial assistance.
- These vouchers can be used at a number of participating Spay/Neuter Providers throughout the Commonwealth. The fund also offers vouchers to animal control officers to spay and neuter dogs and cats held at municipal animal control facilities.
- Residents can contact their local animal control officer to receive a voucher.
Shelter and Rescue Program
Adoption is another solution to giving stray animals a home. The Division of Animal Health’s Shelter and Rescue Program is designed to promote animal health and ensure all animals in the state are safe and well cared for. The program is responsible for:
- Registering animal shelters, rescue organizations, and other adoption programs;
- Monitoring the adoption of animals from other states being brought into Massachusetts; and
- Inspecting facilities for proper animal entity registration.
Educating the public about the resources available to help reduce animal homelessness will begin to ensure the general welfare of companion animals across the state. Contact MDAR for more information.
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