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City offers vouchers to help low-income households neuter/spay pets

March 31, 2014 -

Starting April 2, the City's new Responsible Pet Ownership program will offer vouchers of $100 to help low-income households spay or neuter pets. 

"Spaying and neutering helps control the number of animals in shelters and on the streets. The vouchers are aimed at helping to reduce cost as a barrier for responsible pet owners in low-income households," says Kim Leonard, Manager of Licensing & Enforcement.

Pet owners will be responsible for checking that their vet is participating in the voucher program and to find out the full cost of the procedure.  Only one voucher per household will be issued at a time. The vouchers will be issued until May 30 – or until 250 of them have been distributed – and must be used by July 31, 2014.

Households apply for the vouchers through the City's Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP) which uses Statistics Canada's Low Income Cut-off (LICO) for Kingston to determine eligibility.  Those already approved for 2014 Municipal Fee Assistance should discuss the voucher option with the Community and Family Services MFAP worker.

Applications are available online at www.CityofKingston.ca/feeassistance, or at 362 Montreal St., any branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Beechgrove Recreation Centre, City Hall, the INVISTA Centre or the Wally Elmer Youth Centre.

Community and Family Services, 362 Montreal St., will review applications for eligibility:

  • Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Along with the completed application form, residents applying for MFAP much bring one of the following documents to verify income as well as address verification (please ensure they are current).

  • Ontario Works Drug Benefit Eligibility Card
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice from Canada Revenue Agency
  • Ontario Disabilities Support Program Drug Benefit Eligibility Card
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement Notice
  • Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families Entitlement Notice
  • Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax Credit Notice
  • Personal Income Tax Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency (only acceptable for one member households)

The LICO for households is $16,573 (one-person household); $20,170 (two people); $25,117 (three); $31,335 (four); $35,681 (five); $39,571 (six); and $43,461 (seven or more people).

Questions about the Municipal Fee Assistance Program?  Call 613-546-2695, ext. 4906.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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