The West Virginia Spay Neuter Assistance Program, or WVSNP, is a legislatively created program with the purpose of having more dogs and cats sterilized, thereby reducing shelter populations and costs, euthanasia rates and threats to public health and safety from rabies and other problems posed by the growing population of stray, feral and abandoned dogs and cats. WVSNP is administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA).

How it works

WVSNP Advisory Committee

As permitted by the WVSNP rule, WVDA Commissioner Kent Leonhardt appointed a seven-member advisory committee that meets periodically to help guide WVSNP decisions.  The members were selected to represent diverse geographical areas of the state as well as a wide range of pet/feral industry experience.

Their credentials and home counties are:

  • Pet Food Industry – Monongalia County;
  • Former Animal Shelter director – Kanawha County;
  • Former Animal Control Officer – Wood County;
  • 20+ years’ work in rescue/no-kill shelter – Monroe County;
  • Veterinarian – Monongalia County;
  • Federation of Humane Organizations in West Virginia – Randolph County; and
  • Spay/neuter rescue work and grant programs – Preston County.

Guidance

West Virginia Code §19-20C-1, et seq.
West Virginia Code of State Rules §61-24-1, et seq.

WVSNP Procedures

WVSNP awards grants to local governments and 501(c)(3) organizations, which may issue vouchers to pet owners or use other means of advancing spay neuter services. Funds are provided to grantees on a reimbursement basis, and grantees are paid upon proper invoice demonstrating that the funds were appropriately spent.

How can I get my dog or cat spayed or neutered?

Individual pet owners are not eligible for direct funding.  2022 grant cycle is not yet open but the link will be posted when it is.

Contact

Andrew B. Yost
WVDA Livestock Marketing Specialist
Work cell (304) 389-9750

WVSNP DOES NOT work directly with individuals to get spay neuter procedures done.  WVSNP DOES grant money to local organizations, humane societies and local government.  Please contact one of the agencies on the FY21 grantee list to arrange for procedures.

Where do the funds for WVSNP come from?

Grants are funded by registration fees paid by pet food manufacturers who sell their products in West Virginia. The vast majority of such fees are paid by out-of-state corporations. Grants are not funded by taxes.

Applying for a Grant

If you are a county or municipal shelter or animal control organization, or a 501(c)(3) corporation, you may be eligible to receive WVSNP grant funding to advance spay and neuter services.  WVDA accepts applications for funding annually, starting in mid-December, with a submission deadline on or around February 1.

FY 2022 applications will go live in mid-December 2021.

Program FAQs

2021 Spay & Neutered Award Winners

AARON'S HOPE FOR PAWS INC.
270 Sinsel Hollow Rd Flemington, WV 26347
County Served: Clay

ADVOCATES SAVING ADOPTABLE PETS, INC.
P.O. Box 1621 Huntington, WV 25717
County Served: Cabell

ANIMAL CONTROL & WELFARE PROJECT, INC.
PO Box 236 Hinton, WV 25951
County Served: Summers

ANIMAL FRIENDS OF BARBOUR COUNTY, INC.
PO Box 452 Philippi, WV 26416
County Served: Barbour

ANIMAL FRIENDS OF NORTH CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA, INC.
PO Box 1090 Dellslow, WV 26531
County Served: Monongalia

ANIMAL OUTREACH PROJECT, INC.
137 Blondie McMurry Rd Buckhannon, WV 26201
County Served: Upshur

APPALACHIAN PEACE PAWS RESCUE, INC.
975 Greentree Dr. Winter Park, FL 32789
County Served: Marion

Barbour County Commission
26 N Main Philippi, WV 26416
County Served: Barbour

BERKELEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
554 Charles Town Rd Martinsburg, WV 25405
County Served: Berkeley

CHARLESTON REGIONAL SPAY NEUTER CENTER, INC.
102 Dee Dr. Charleston, WV 25311
County Served: Kanawha

DODDRIDGE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
1286 Wiseman Run Road Salem, WV 26426
County Served: Doddridge

FOR PURRS SAKE FELINE RESCUE INCORPORATED
PO Box 267 Ravenswood, WV 26164
County Served: Jackson

FRIENDS OF FERAL AND HOMELESS CATS AND KITTENS, INC.
848 Mt Zion Rd Alderson, WV 24910
County Served: Greenbrier

GIVE PURRS A CHANCE INC.
51 Independence Street Berkeley Springs WV 25411
County Served: Morgan

GREENBRIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
P.O. Box 926 Lewisburg, WV 24901
County Served: Greenbrier

Hancock County Commission
PO Box 485 New Cumberland, WV 26047
County Served: Hancock

Hancock County Humane Foundation, Inc.
241 Ohio River Blvd. New Cumberland, WV 26047
County Served: Hancock

Harrison County Commission
301 West Main Street Clarksburg, WV 26301
County Served: Harrison

HELP FOR ANIMALS, INC.
1 Humane Way Barboursville, WV 25504
County Served: Lincoln

HOMEWARD BOUND WV, INC.
PO Box 4592 Morgantown, WV 26504
County Served: Monongalia

HUMANE SOCIETY OF HARRISON COUNTY, INC. OF WEST VIRGINIA
PO Box 4397 Clarksburg, WV 26302
County Served: Harrison

HUMANE SOCIETY OF PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA
506 29th St. Parkersburg, WV 26101
County Served: Wood

Jefferson County Commission
161 Poor Farm Rd. Kearneysville, WV 25430
County Served: Jefferson

KANAWHA-CHARLESTON HUMANE ASSOCIATION, INC.
1248 Greenbrier Street Charleston, WV 25311
County Served: Kanawha

Logan County Commission
300 Stratton Street Logan, WV 25601
County Served: Logan

LUV 4 ANIMALS, INC
P.O. Box 916 Buckhannon, Wv 26201
County Served: Upshur

MARION COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
P.O. Box 905 Fairmont, WV 26554
County Served: Marion

MARSHALL COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE, INC.
74 Animal Shelter Drive Moundsville, WV 26041
County Served: Marshall

MEOW CAT RESCUE WV, INC
PO BOX 11494 CHARLESTON WV 25339
County Served: Kanawha

MERCER COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, INC.
1501 West Main Street Suite 210 Princeton, WV 24740
County Served: Mercer

MERCER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
P.O. Box 5723 Princeton, WV 24740
County Served: Mercer

MONONGALIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
PO Box 390 Morgantown, WV 26507-0390
County Served: Monongalia

MONROE COUNTY ANIMAL LEAGUE, INC.
PO BOX 343 Union, WV 24983
County Served: Monroe

Morgan County Commission/ Morgan County Animal Control
77 Fairfax St., Room 101 Berkeley Springs, WV, 25411
County Served: Morgan

MORGANTOWN FERAL AND STRAY CATS, INC.
P.O. Box 76 Dellslow, WV 26531
County Served: Monongalia

MOUNTAINEER SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, INC.
PO Box 4335 Morgantown, WV 26504
County Served: Monongalia

MOUNTAINEERS FOR MUTTS CORP.
PO Box 1172 Morgantown, WV 26531
County Served: Preston

NEW HOPE ANIMAL RESCUE INC
PO Box 461 Scott Depot, WV 25560
County Served: Putnam

NEW RIVER HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
513 Shelter Rd Fayetteville, WV 25840
County Served: Fayette

NICHOLAS COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
P.O. Box 272 Summersville, WV 26651
County Served: Nicholas

ONE BY ONE ANIMAL ADVOCATES, INC.
216 11th Ave W Huntington, WV 25701
County Served: Cabell

OPERATION FANCY FREE INC
P O BOX 54 EVANS WV 25241
County Served: Jackson

OPERATION PRESS PAWS, INC.
1207 Pardalote Ct. Martinsburg, WV 25404
County Served: Berkeley

OPERATION UNDERDOG, INC.
535 Bennington Rd Cool Ridge, WV 25825
County Served: Raleigh

PENDLETON ANIMAL WELFARE SHELTER, INC
PO Box 804 Franklin, WV 26807
County Served: Pendleton

PLEASANTS COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
PO Box 110 St. Marys, WV 26170
County Served: Pleasants

PRESTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
P.O. Box 395 Kingwood, WV 26537
County Served: Preston

Putnam County Animal Shelter
296 Sabre Road Winfield, WV 25213
County Served: Putnam

RANDOLPH COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
PO Box 785 Elkins, WV, 26241
County Served: Randolph

RITCHIE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
2220 Pullman Road Harrisville, WV 26362
County Served: Ritchie

ROANE COUNTY HUMANE AUTHORITY - SOCIETY INCORPORATED
2550 Parkersburg Road Spencer, WV 25276
County Served: Roane

SAFE HAVEN FOSTER INC.
937 Timberwood Ln Milton, Wv 25541
County Served: Cabell

SAVE A KITTY FERAL CAT PROGRAM, INC.
PO Box 1442 Parkersburg, WV 26102
County Served: Wood

SECOND CHANCE FOR CATS, INC.
874 Littlesburg Rd Bluefield, WV 24701
County Served: Mercer

SOARING HOPE ANIMAL RESCUE PARTNERS, INC. (SHARP)
P.O. Box 862 Coal City, WV 25823
County Served: Raleigh

STEPPING STONES CANINE FOSTERS
6918 Heritage Drive Charleston WV 25312
County Served: Kanawha

TAYLOR COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
PO box 243 Grafton, WV 26354
County Served: Taylor

THE CAT'S VOICE WV, INCORPORATED
118 Pocahontas Drive Inwood, WV, 25428
County Served: Berkeley

THE DAVIS CREW KITTENS, INC.
1028 Charles Ave Morgantown, WV 26505
County Served: Monongalia

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF MORGAN COUNTY, INC.
PO Box 705 Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
County Served: Morgan

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF POCAHONTAS COUNTY, INC.
410 Second Ave. Marlinton, WV 24954
County Served: Pocahontas

TRAPPER GIRLS, COMMUNITY CAT COALTION INC.
318 Vista Ridge Drive Huntington, WV 25702
County Served: Cabell

Tucker County Commission
586 Brooklyn Heights Road Parsons, WV 26287
County Served: Tucker

VETERINARY COMMUNITY OUTREACH INC
PO Box 74 Rippon, WV 25441
County Served: Jefferson

WEBARK ESTATES, INC.
1851 Campbell Hill Rd. Moundsville, WV 26041
County Served: Brooke

WELFARE OF ANIMALS GROUP INCORPORATED
1011 Crest View Drive Creston, WV 26141
County Served: Calhoun

WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA ANIMAL RESCUE ALLIANCE INC
216 Eleventh Ave. West Huntington, WV 25701
County Served: Cabell

WIRT COUNTY COMMISSION
PO BOX 53 ELIZABETH WV 26143
County Served: Wirt

Procedures by County

  • 0-24
  • 25-99
  • 100-249
  • 250-499
  • 500-999
  • 1000+

Stats

FY 18 FY 19 FY 20
Applications Rec’d 60 72 68
$ Requested $1,015,332.50 $821,097.50 $781,170.43
Grants Awarded 47 56 64
$ Awarded $343,003.00 $422,266.00 $525,112.96
$ Spent $321,953.01 $368,955.13 $423,077.67
Matching $ Spent $216,111.84 $244,360.42 $263,624.24
Procedures 8,953 9,927 10,590

History of WVSNP

WVSNP is the legislative result of citizens wanting a publicly funded statewide approach to overpopulation of stray cats and dogs in West Virginia. West Virginia’s feral cat and dog populations pose health and safety problems for humans and pets, impact wildlife, spread disease, and burden communities. Mitigating these problems is expensive, whether handled through county and municipal animal control, volunteer shelters and foster care, or euthanasia. Despite everyone’s best efforts, these resources are regularly overburdened.

In response, the framework of WVSNP was established in 2013, but the program was unfunded until House Bill 2552 was passed by the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice in 2017.

Each year, grants are made available to eligible county or municipal shelters and nongovernmental, 501(c)(3), entities incorporated in West Virginia. The Spay Neuter Fund is financed by Pet food product registration fees, not by taxes. Several hundred thousand dollars of grant funds are awarded every year, but many more funds are requested by applicant entities. Applicants are ranked based on a number of factors, including efficiency and past success. The ranking structure takes into account the special needs of rural, low population counties and emphasizes support to these communities. WVDA and the Spay Neuter Advisory Committee place a high priority on awarding grants to all eligible applicants, so even though all applicants cannot receive their full request, all eligible applicants receive at least some funding.

The goal of WVSNP is to lower the long-term societal costs associated with high stray and feral populations by increasing spay and neuter rates. Sterilization is a proven method to reduce these populations and associated costs over time. While not the whole answer, WVSNP is part of the answer to this problem in West Virginia. No step in the right direction is too small.