Spay & Neuter Programs

State-wide spay and neuter programs, reduce the number of homeless domestic animals, reducing the number of needless euthanizations and bringing down the public cost of kill shelters.

Thirty-four states plus Maryland have established funding mechanisms to support spay/neuter programs to reduce intake and euthanasia rates.


No other disease or condition of companion animals takes as many lives as euthanasia.
(Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, Ph.D, Cornell University)

  • Destroying cats and dogs in shelters day in and day out places significant cost burdens on local government and takes an indescribable toll on shelter workers.  Shelters are overwhelmed with many working in triage mode.
  • This is a needless and avoidable tragedy.


Spay/neuter programs are proven to be the best antidote to mass euthanasia.  They are the most humane and fiscally responsible way to address the shelter pet population problem.

A state spay/neuter program is the best way to reduce Maryland’s euthanasia rate and the millions of dollars spent to destroy Maryland’s homeless pets. Maryland’s program saves lives and money.

  • New Jersey witnessed a 61% decrease and New Hampshire had over a 75% decrease in euthanasia rates after implementing state programs.
  • For every $1 invested in the state spay/neuter program in New Hampshire, $3.15 were saved in reduced costs for intake and euthanasia.

MVFA thanks the thousands of individuals, businesses, organizations, agencies, veterinarians, and coalition partners who stood together, strong and in unprecedented numbers, ensuring this lifesaving legislation passed.  Because you cared, because you were not silent about things that matter, thousands of lives of Maryland’s homeless pets will be saved.

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How can you help?

Join MVFA : add your voice to the thousands of Marylanders promoting humane legislation in our state.

Donate to MVFA: We operate with zero paid staff.  Every penny we receive goes into our final objectives; electing humane legislators and passing humane legislation.

Contact your legislators: Let your State Senator and Delegate know that animal protection is important to their constituents.