Introduction

The S.P.O.T. Program offers $10 sterilization (spaying/neutering/fixing) of cats and dogs for Broward County pet owners who earn low-to-moderate incomes.

Eligibility is based on the number of people in the household and yearly income compared to the Broward County median income. For example, a household of one with a yearly income of $30,000 OR a household of two or more with a total income of $60,200 yearly, would qualify for the program.

Pet owners can choose from over 20 veterinary clinics and nonprofit organizations to perform the surgery.

It is funded by a $2 surcharge on animal license tags issued that goes into a special account to pay the veterinarians a reduced fee to perform the surgeries.

The goals are to increase the number of pets spayed and neutered, reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs born, and reduce the number of unwanted animals euthanized.

Why Spay and Neuter?

Fix Your Pet --- Fix the Problems --- You will have less problems when you spay/neuter your pets. These benefits include:

  • Improved health
  • Longer life
  • Reduced medical bills
  • No unwanted puppies and kittens
  • Less biting
  • Less aggressiveness
  • Less roaming
  • Less spraying and marking
  • Less fighting among pets that live together

    Reduce the Number of Pets Euthanized (killed)

    There is a serious pet overpopulation crisis. About 30,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in Broward County last year and 6 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the country every year because there aren't enough homes for all these pets. The number of healthy dogs and cats euthanized every year would be greatly reduced if more pet owners spay or neuter their animals.

    Important Information

    To qualify, pet owners must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Reside in Broward County
  • Meet income eligibility requirements based on the number of people in the household and yearly income compared to the average household median income of Broward County
  • The dog(s) and/or cat(s) must live in Broward County

    The pet owner pays $10 (cash only) for each surgery to the veterinarian at the time of surgery.

    Each household may receive up to four vouchers. Each voucher has a 90-day expiration date. Please request only the number of vouchers you will use within 90 days. You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the correspondence/vouchers to be mailed to you.

    Your pet will also receive, at no additional charge, a rabies vaccination (if necessary) from the participating veterinarian. A yearly rabies vaccine and an animal license tag are required for all dogs and cats living in Broward County.

    Animal Care and Regulation Division will provide a free Broward County animal license tag for your pet(s) which is good for one year. After this license expires in one year from the date of the rabies vaccination, you are responsible to have your pet(s) vaccinated against rabies and to purchase a Broward County animal license tag every year. Failure to have a yearly rabies vaccination and purchase a license tag will result in a fine of $125 per Animal.

    If you would like more information, please call our S.P.O.T. hotline, maintained by Friends of Animal Care volunteers at 954-584-8981.

    How to Apply

    Using your computer:

  • 1. Scan your proof of income and residency documents and save them to your computer.
  • 2. Fill out the S.P.O.T. Program Application.
  • 3. When you are finished, click to submit the application; this will open the email program on your computer. Attach your saved scans of your proof of income and residency and send.
  • 4. You're finished!!

    By mail:

  • 1. Fill out the S.P.O.T. Program Application and print it.
  • 2. Make copies of your proof of income and residency paperwork.
  • 3. Mail to:
    S.P.O.T. Program
    Broward County Animal Care and Regulations Division
    1870 Southwest 39th Street
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315-3595

    By fax:

  • 1. Fill out the S.P.O.T. Program Application and print it.
  • 2. Make copies of your proof of income and residency paperwork.
  • 3. Fax to:
    Attention S.P.O.T. program at 954-359-6295

    If approved, you will receive a voucher good for up to four pets per family and a list of participating veterinarians that includes their addresses and phone numbers.

    Are you a feral colony caretaker? Please visit Feral Cat PAWS for info about assistance with TNR.