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Households offered $250 to spay or neuter pet

September 29, 2014 -

The City is raising its spay/neuter voucher amount to $250 from $100 to encourage more low income Kingston households to take advantage of this program aimed at controlling the pet population.

"This is about helping people who want to do the right thing. These vouchers reduce cost as a barrier to getting your pet spayed or neutered," says Kim Leonard, Manager, Licensing and Enforcement.

Vouchers available October 1:

  • Vouchers will be available to qualified households through the City's Municipal Fee Assistance program on a first-come, first-served basis (see below) starting October 1 (they must be used by December 31).
  • All previously issued $100 vouchers expired on July 31. Those who did not use the $100 voucher can bring it into the Housing and Social Services offices at 362 Montreal St. to exchange it for the $250 voucher between October 1 and December 31, 2014.
  • Households that used the $100 prior to the July 31 expiration date, and have incurred spay/neuter costs in excess of the $100 voucher, can contact the City's Licensing & Enforcement office with their invoice and receipt to request reimbursement for disbursements up to an additional $150 (call 613-546-4291, ext. 3150 or by email at licensing@cityofkingston.ca). 
  • 2014 Municipal Fee Assistance participants will be notified directly of the voucher increase.

How to apply:

1. Find out if you are eligible:

  • See www.CityofKingston.ca/feeassistance
  • Call 613-546-2695, ext. 4905
  • Visit Housing and Social Services at 362 Montreal St. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an extended hour of service on Tuesdays (until 5 p.m.), and closed the afternoons of October 8, November 6 and December 10.

2. Get an application at any Kingston branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library; Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.; Housing and Social Services, 362 Montreal St.; the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; the Wally Elmer Youth Centre, 50 MacCauley St.; or online at www.CityofKingston.ca/feeassistance

3. Submit your completed application in person at Housing and Social Services at 362 Montreal St. (during the hours listed above).

The voucher program is one of a number of measures the City is taking to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in Kingston.  Find out more about the full Responsible Pet Ownership program at www.CityofKingston.ca/pets.

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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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