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What is the Victoria County SPCA Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (VC-SNAP)?

SNAP is a program designed to provide financial assistance to spay and neuter cats and dogs from households most in need. Spay/neuter services are a vital part of the no-kill solution to the stray, homeless, and abandoned cat epidemic in Victoria County.

VC-SNAP is providing assistance for residents of Victoria County who, due to financial limitations are unable to spay or neuter their cats and dogs. This program is made possible through funds received from the CanFel Foundation, as well as the generosity of the Grand Falls Veterinary Clinic. VC-SNAP and cat owners will share the expense of each surgery. The pet owner will be required to pay only $30.00 per cat and $50.00 per dog.

Are You Eligible?

To see if you qualify for this program, please review the following chart:

Number of adults in household Income before tax
1 $19,540
2 $24,324
3 $29,903
4 $36,308
5 $41,180
  • In the left column, look up the number of adults in your household.
  • Find the matching after-tax income.
  • If your family income falls below this number you are eligible for our program.

For the 2018 year, this program is limited to people living in the Plaster Rock, Perth-Andover and surrounding areas (postal codes starting with E7G or E7H).

Many factors are taken into consideration when processing the application for eligibility and are not limited to what is listed above. The Victoria County SPCA reserves the right to refuse service.

How to Apply

If you are eligible to apply, please fill out a VC-SNAP application form. Forms are available at the shelter in Arthurette, can be emailed or mailed to you, and online (below).

Submit the form with proof of income. Acceptable forms of proof of income would be assistance stubs, pay stubs from within the past 30 days, notice of assessment from CRA, student loan funding forms, etc. If your income exceeds the limit but you believe there are exceptional circumstances that affect your living expenses (ex: family illness) please include an explanatory note with your application and your case will be reviewed by our volunteer committee.

How Do I know if I Have Been Approved?

Your application will be evaluated as soon as it has been received. Once it is determined that you qualify for the program, you will be contacted by phone. Each approved applicant must have the pet’s surgery completed within three months of the approval or the offer will expire. Due to high demand, you may be placed on a waiting list. If this happens you will be notified. Please be sure to include all valid contact information, including an email address if available, on your application form.

What Do I Do Once I Am Approved?

You will be required to pay for your share of the surgery ($30.00 per cat/$50.00 per dog) by etransfer or by cash at the Victoria County SPCA. No personal cheques will be accepted and no credit will be extended. After payment has been made, then you may contact the Grand Falls Veterinary Clinic directly to book an appointment. Remember that each offer expires three (3) months from the date that the application is approved. The Grand Falls Veterinary Clinic will bill VC-SNAP for the cost of the procedure. You are responsible for your pet’s transportation to and from the Grand Falls Veterinary Clinic.

Important Notes:

  • Surgery can be performed on cats 2.5 pounds and larger (as young as about 3 months of age).
  • Additional services requested by the owner (bloodwork, flea treatment, vaccinations, etc) must be paid for by the owner of the cat. The VC-SNAP program is designed to help with the expense of spays and neuters only.
  • The veterinarian reserves the right to postpone surgery if the animal is not healthy enough to undergo the surgery. Standard surgical waivers are required to be signed before pets are admitted into the veterinary hospital.

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We have recently received funding to hire people who are interested in learning about animal rescue and shelter work.

If you love animals or are possibly thinking of working in this field, please contact us via email at vcspcasheltermanager@gmail.com to inquire about our employment opportunities through the Workability Grant, Youth Employment Grant, or SEED program. Those who are eligible could be employed for one of our positions which become available at different times throughout the year.

Stray Animals or Surrendering

Stray Dogs
The Victoria County SPCA receives many calls from caring individuals who have found stray dogs in their neighborhood. Due to lack of resources at this time, the Victoria County SPCA is not able to shelter/rescue dogs. However, we still serve as a referral shelter for those people wishing to adopt or surrender a dog.

If the dog is in immediate danger or distress, please contact the New Brunswick SPCA at 1-877-722-1522.

What to Do When You Find a Stray Dog
If you have found a stray dog never assume that it has been dumped or abandoned. Even if it has been hanging around your neighborhood for days or weeks, there may be somebody out there looking for their beloved family member.

  • Scan for a microchip. More and more shelters and rescues microchip dogs before adoption to increase their chances of finding their way back home if they become lost. Please take the cat to a vet clinic or shelter where they will be happy to scan the dog at no charge.
  • Post flyers around the neighborhood, vet clinics, pet supply stores, groceries stores, community bulletin boards, etc. It is not uncommon for dogs to wonder several kilometers away from home so don’t restrict your flyers to the immediate vicinity only. While you are posting your flyers be sure to check out any posters for missing dogs.
  • Social media. Post a picture and description of the dog you found to your social media accounts and ask friends to share. Make sure the post has instructions on how to contact you.

What to Do When Nobody Claims the Dog
If your efforts to locate the dogs owners are unsuccessful after a reasonable amount of time there are several things you can do to help the dog find a new home.

  • Keep the dog. Before you bring the dog into your home it is best to bring it to your vet for an exam, vaccines and parasite control. At this time your vet will be able to give you a general idea of the sex, age and health status of the dog and any future medical attention it will require. Make arrangements to have the dog spayed or neutered (if not already done) at the earliest possible time to prevent any unwanted litters.
  • Foster the dog while you try to find it a new home. If you are not able to foster the dog yourself ask your friends, family, neighbours, etc. if they would be willing. The Victoria County SPCA can help you find a for ever home by sharing the information on our website and social media pages.
  • Surrender to a shelter. If you are unable to help find the dog a new home you can contact one of your other local Animal Welfare Groups. Please do NOT leave a stray dog to fend for itself outdoors, especially if it has not been fixed.

Stray Cats
The Victoria County SPCA receives many calls every week from caring individuals who have found stray cats and kittens in their neighborhood. When we are able and as a last resort, we accept strays at our shelter, but there are several other things that you can do to help first.

What to Do When You Find a Stray Cat
If you have found a stray cat never assume that it has been dumped or abandoned. Even if it has been hanging around your neighborhood for days or weeks, there may be somebody out there looking for their beloved family member.

  • Scan for a microchip. More and more shelters and rescues microchip cats before adoption to increase their chances of finding their way back home if they become lost. Please take the cat to a vet clinic or shelter where they will be happy to scan the cat at no charge.
  • Post flyers around the neighborhood, vet clinics, pet supply stores, groceries stores, community bulletin boards, etc. It is not uncommon for cats to wonder several kilometers away from home so don’t restrict your flyers to the immediate vicinity only. While you are posting your flyers be sure to check out any posters for missing cats.
  • Social media. Post a picture and description of the cat you found to your social media accounts and ask friends to share. Make sure the post has instructions on how to contact you.

What to Do When Nobody Claims the Cat
If your efforts to locate the cat’s owners are unsuccessful after a reasonable amount of time there are several things you can do to help the cat find a new home.

  • Keep the cat. Before you bring the cat into your home it is best to bring it to your vet for an exam, vaccines and parasite control. At this time your vet will be able to give you a general idea of the sex, age and health status of the cat and any future medical attention it will require. Make arrangements to have the cat spayed or neutered (if not already done) at the earliest possible time to prevent any unwanted litters.
  • Foster the cat while you try to find it a new home. If you are not able to foster the cat yourself ask your friends, family, neighbors, etc. if they would be willing. The Victoria County SPCA can help you find a forever home by sharing the information on our website and social media pages.
  • Surrender to a shelter. If you are unable or unwilling to help find the cat a new home you can contact us at 356-1117 or contact one of your other local Animal Welfare Groups. Please do NOT leave a stray cat to fend for itself outdoors, especially if it has not been fixed and will contribute to the feral cat overpopulation crisis.

Surrendering Your Pet—Surrender Fees

Giving up your pet can be a very traumatic experience. Both for you and your pet. When your cat is left at the SPCA, a great deal of care and attention, sometimes medical, is necessary to prepare your cat for another home. In order for the SPCA to provide this care, we require a surrender fee of $75.00 to offset the costs.

Pet Care

Licensing and Registration
All dogs in rural New Brunswick require dog tags and rabies vaccination. In addition, Plaster Rock, Grand Falls and Perth-Andover all have by-laws relating to the licensing of dogs and cats. Remember- it’s the law!! Registration forms are available at the Victoria County SPCA.

When a Dog Control Officer picks up a stray dog with no tag it is immediately brought to a shelter. If a microchip is found in the dog the owners are contacted but must pay applicable fines and boarding fees for the dog, as well as purchase a tag.

Rabies
There have been a growing number of confirmed N.B. Rabies cases. For more information visit the Government of NB’s Website

Ticks
Learn more about ticks here
Learn how to check for and remove ticks here

Spay/Neuter
Help control the pet homelessness crisis and read about the medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets).