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Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Spay and Neuter Grants Program FY25 Application Window Opens January 5

Applicants Must Apply by April 5 at 5 p.m.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 4, 2024) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Spay and Neuter Grants Program is seeking applications for competitive grant projects that will help reduce intake and euthanasia numbers in Maryland animal shelters. Applications may be for pet-focused projects, feral cat-focused projects, or capital expense/equipment requests. 

“The Spay and Neuter program continues to save animals as well as prevent unwanted litters that puts a strain on our state’s shelters,” said Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks. “I encourage all Maryland shelters and animal rescue organizations to apply.”

The FY25 grants cycle will award approximately $800,000 in funds to eligible projects that efficiently and effectively facilitate, promote, and increase spay and neuter services for cats and dogs in Maryland. The minimum grant amount to be considered will be $5,000 and there is no maximum. 

Updated application forms, instructions, and other materials are available on the Spay and Neuter Program’s webpage. Applications and all required materials for this round of funding must be submitted between January 5, 2024 at noon12 p.m., until the window closes on April 5, 2024, at 5 p.m. 

Eligible organizations include municipal or county governments and 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Applicants must be in good standing with the IRS, State of Maryland, and local Animal Control Authorities. See the program’s request for proposals document for more information on eligibility and the application process. 

This program is funded through fees paid by the pet food industry for each product they register to sell within the state. To date, the program has funded 281 grant projects throughout the state that collectively have completed over 113,500 spay/neuter procedures.

The Spay and Neuter Grants Program was established by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2013 Legislative Session. A seven-member advisory board, appointed by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture, reviews all grant applications and provides recommendations to the Secretary on how grants should be administered.  More information about the Spay and Neuter Grants Program is available on the department’s website.

For questions about the program, contact Spay and Neuter Grants Program Coordinator Jen Swanson, at (410) 841-5766 or 

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jessica Hackett
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888