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Winnebago County, in conjunction with the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association, offers financial assistance toward sterilization services for pets whose owners meet certain financial criteria. Services are provided by the area veterinary hospitals at a reduced rate for those owners who qualify through Animal Services. If you don't qualify financially, please view the other spay/neuter resources towards the bottom of this page.

Who is eligible?

  • The Pet Population voucher is based on "Low Income WIC Guidelines" (which means the it is the combined income of the entire household). You may be working and still qualify for the voucher.

  • Receiving Food Stamps or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  • Winnebago County residents

  • Must bring proof of current rabies vaccination and county registration tag

  • Only the registered owner can apply for the voucher

  • Must bring a state issued identification

How do I prove I am eligible?

  • Letter from Illinois Department of Human Services showing amount of food stamps or SNAP benefits received monthly. Must be current information

  • Letter from federal government showing monthly benefits; letter must clearly state that benefits are SSDI or SSI

  • Most current W-2's, two paycheck stubs, or Federal IRS 1040's of all income earning household members

What are the out-of-pocket costs for the pet owner?

  • The voucher is a $20 co-payment which will cover the sterilization procedure

  • Animal Services is not obligated to reimburse veterinary charges for necessary/recommended medical treatment not related to the sterilization surgery

***Make sure you check with your veterinarian for his/her procedure and process when utilizing the Pet Population Voucher.***

Animal Population Control Program- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

The Animal Population Control Program of Illinois is a low-cost spay/neuter program from Illinois residents. This is a state level funded program. It is an application process through IDPH found here.

To be eligible you must be:

  • Illinois resident

  • Own the dog/cat

  • Be eligible for Food Stamps or Social Security Disability Insurance.

You must pay the participating veterinarian a $15 co-pay per each animal at the time of surgery. Please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health for more information and for application.


525 West Jefferson St

Springfield, IL 62761


(217)557-9232 (call for latest update on program)


Other Spay Neuter Resources

Perhaps you don't qualify under low-income guidelines and are looking for other spay neuter resources? Check out these links provided as a resource only and not endorsed by Winnebago County Animal Services as to their availability, services, or fees.

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