Happy Hearth Spay Neuter Assistance

Special Announcement:
Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Program Comes to a Close

September 30, 2019

Spring Farm CARES needs to make some changes in order to secure the long-term care of the animals in our sanctuary and the future of our organization for years to come. For the past 20 years, we have operated the Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter program, a voucher based financial assistance program for the spay/neuter of dogs and cats of income qualifying residents of Oneida County. This program, while important in our community, uses enormous resources of our organization. Spring Farm CARES has a pledge to always, first and foremost, above all else, care for the more than 200 animals living in our sanctuary and to guarantee their care for their lifetimes. Our annual expenses continue to increase as the cost of operating our sanctuary continues to climb every year. The spay/neuter assistance program has always been a discretionary program. Unfortunately, the time has come that we can no longer afford to fund this program. Therefore, as of November 1, 2019, we will no longer be issuing vouchers and our spay/neuter assistance program will be terminated.

The spay/neuter program was never part of the mission of our organization, but we saw a need in our community that was not being addressed. Thus, we set aside some of our own funds to try to address the pet overpopulation problem. We are proud to say that over the past 20 years we have spent over $2.5 million and assisted in the spay/neutering of over 60,000 animals in Oneida County alone. We are sure the positive impact of this program for the animal population of Oneida County has been substantial. It is our sincere wish, that this community can pull together other resources to continue addressing the pet overpopulation problem and the welfare of animals in our community.  Spring Farm CARES will continue to address these issues in ways other than financial assistance. We will still be actively involved in our community and keep the welfare of the animals always at the heart of what we do.

We would like to thank the many veterinarians who have partnered with us over the years to make this program a success. We are very grateful for their participation.

For more information on this decision, see our blog post.

For information on our program or to request assistance, please call our spay/neuter office at (315) 737-8035, Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm.

Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Program

In the year 2000, Spring Farm CARES launched a major campaign of financial assistance and public education re:spay/neuter. Each spay or neuter has prevented the births of tens of thousands of future “unwanteds.” By January of 2018, Spring Farm CARES had paid in whole or in part for the spay/neuter of over 90,000 cats and dogs, primarily in the Oneida County area. In 2018, we changed the focus of our program to cover cats only. This is a voucher program operated through participating veterinarians and is limited to residents of Oneida County and based on financial need.

How It Works

Vouchers will be issued for cats only. You must be a resident of Oneida County.

Call our Spay/Neuter Office at (315) 737-8035, M-F, 9am-4pm. They will explain to you how the program works and will determine if you are eligible for a voucher. You will then be asked to provide proof of financial need. Once we receive your documents, and we determine that you are approved, a voucher will be sent to you by mail for you to give to the specified veterinary hospital the day of your appointment. You will be responsible to pay any balance or extra charges directly to the veterinary hospital at the time of service. Vouchers do have an expiration date and must be used prior to that date. If a voucher expires before you can get in for an appointment, you will need to call us to see if the voucher can be reissued. Households will be limited to how many vouchers can be obtained in a calendar year.

Spring Farm CARES will not issue vouchers for cats who will be declawed. We will also not issue vouchers for surgeries that were done before being approved for a voucher.

Please note that our program is entirely funded by donations and our funds are limited.

For information on our program or to request assistance, please call our spay/neuter office at (315) 737-8035, Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm.