Income Spay and Neuter (LISN) Program
UPDATE: HSSCM has run out of funding for our LISN program. Please check back in 2013 to see if we receive more grant funds to operate the program.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that
between six and eight million cats and dogs enter shelters each
year. Of those, only between three and four million are adopted.
The population rates for companion animals can quickly spiral:
- Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one
- Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6
- Average number of litters a fertile dog can have in one year:
- Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-10
HSSCM's Low Income Spay and Neuter (LISN) Program is targeted
to individuals and families at or below 150 percent of the federal
|Number of people in household
||Annual Combined Gross Income
Families must reside in Calhoun County.
Interested individuals must call 269.963.1796 to set up an appointment
for intake. Intake appointments are scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30am to 5:00pm. The individual completing
the income verification form must be aged 18 or older. INDIVIDUALS
MUST BRING A NON-REFUNDABLE $10 DEPOSIT PER ANIMAL WITH THEM TO
THE APPOINTMENT. The $10 deposit will be taken off the total amount
on the day of surgery. If less than 24 hours notice of cancellation
on day of surgery is provided, the individual will lose their deposit
and be removed from the program.
The following sources of income should be considered when calculating
the total household income, and must be included for every person
living in the household:
- Wages, salaries, tips, commissions, etc.
- Self-employment from own non-farm business, including proprietorships
- Farm self-employment income
- Interest, dividends, net rental income or income from estates
- Social Security and/or railroad retirement
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SSD, Aid to Families with
Dependent Children or any other public assistance or public welfare
- Retirement, survivor or disability pensions
- Any other sources of income received regularly including Veterans'
(VA) payments, unemployment compensation, child support or alimony
Individuals must bring with them to the appointment:
- Driver's license or state ID
- 2010 IRS tax forms (filed by April 2011 - if not yet filed,
W2s are acceptable)
- Written verification of TANF income or DHS notification
- Social Security or Disability award statements
- Child support payment or alimony award letters
- Unemployment award letters
- At least two of the most recent pay stubs or earnings statements
supplied by employer
Direct deposit slips, bank statements or handwritten accounts
are NOT acceptable as proof of income - you must provide yearly
award letter. If you do not have your award letter, you will need
to contact your case worker prior to scheduling an appointment.
Once the income verfication appointment has been completed and
the $10 per animal deposit has been collected, you will be scheduled
for surgery. Total costs for the program: male cats, $20, female
cats, $40, male and female dogs, $40. If your animal is in heat
or pregnant on the day of surgery, you will be charged an additional
$10. If your animal has fleas, we will need to treat prior to surgery
and you will be charged an additional $10.
This program is funded in part by the Battle Creek Community Foundation
and the Miller Foundation.