Animal Population Control Program
Established in 1995, the State of Connecticut Animal Population Control Program (APCP) was created to reduce pet overpopulation, reduce the spread of rabies and other diseases through immunizations, and subsequently increase the effectiveness of local Animal Control Departments through education and law enforcement. The APCP has provided benefits to more than 250,000 animals since 1995. For all the details of the program's accomplishments in FY 2020 please view our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report.
The APCP program is funded by an annual surcharge on Connecticut dog licenses ($2.00 sterilized/$6.00 unsterilized), the $45.00 adoption fee, proceeds from the sale of the "Caring for Pets" commemorative license plates and donations. Donations can be sent to: Department of Agriculture, Animal Population Control Program, 450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 702, Hartford, CT 06103, Thank you!
Effective November 1, 2021: Public Act No. 21-90; An Act Concerning Animal Welfare, authorizes the Commissioner to establish reimbursement rates paid to participating veterinarians for spays and neuters. The reimbursement rates cannot exceed 75% of the market rate charged by veterinarians. Public Act No. 21-90 also increased reimbursement for vaccinations given coincident with the sterilization from $20 to $30 for 2 vaccinations. In addition, the Commissioner is now authorized to dedicate up to 20% of the Animal Population Control Program (APCP) annual revenues to help CT non-profit groups vaccinate and sterilize feral cats.
MUNICIPAL POUND PET PROGRAM: The Municipal Pound Pet Program provides vaccination and sterilization benefits for any unsterilized dog or cat adopted from a municipal impound facility in Connecticut.
To utilize this program, a Connecticut resident adopting a cat or dog from a municipal pound must pay a $45.00 fee at the time of adoption, which entitles the adopter to a vaccination/sterilization voucher valid for sixty (60) days.
After contacting numerous veterinarians around the state to gather sterilization cost information, the Commissioner, using the information provided by the 75 veterinarians who responded, has established the following rates for spay and neuter procedures for dogs and cats adopted out of municipal pounds.
The voucher will provide a one-time sterilization benefit of:
- $80 for a male cat
- $120 for a female cat
- $180 for a male dog, and
- $200 for a female dog.
Please note: If the veterinarian's spay/neuter fee exceeds the voucher amount, the eligible owner is responsible for the difference. In addition, payment for any additional procedures and/or medications is the responsibility of the pet owner. Non-residents are not eligible for program benefits. Pets too young or sick may be granted a medical extension only by a CT participating veterinarian. All young animals must be sterilized by six (6) months of age.
PARTICIPATING VETERINARY PRACTICES: A list of CT participating practices can be found by downloading the following document: Participating Veterinary Practices.
To join the APCP as a participating practice, please click on the following links, Participating Veterinarian Application and W9 and Vendor Form. Mail the 3 completed forms to: Department of Agriculture, Animal Population Control Program, 450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 702, Hartford, CT 06103 or email to: email@example.com.
FERAL CAT GRANT PROGRAM: The Feral Cat Grant Program assists CT non-profit rescue groups with the sterilization and vaccination of feral cats. The Commissioner may now use up to 20% of the yearly APCP income, within available funding, for this program. Since 2007, the APCP has averaged a 98% compliance rate for benefits issued through CT non-profit organizations, for the sterilization and vaccination of feral cats. The voucher will provide a one-time sterilization benefit of $80 for a male cat and $120 for a female cat. Reimbursements for vaccinations given coincident with the sterilization are $30 for 2.
The Feral Cat Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022 is closed.
Questions about the Feral Cat Grant Program for the fiscal year 2023 can be directed to the Animal Population Control Program (APCP) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-713-2507.
LOW-INCOME PROGRAM: The Low-Income program helps CT residents to vaccinate and sterilize their owned pets. To be eligible for benefits, recipients must be a Connecticut resident and on one of six public assistance programs outlined in C.G.S. Sec. 22-380e and approved by the Department of Social Services. Once participation is confirmed, vouchers are then issued by the APCP to low-income recipients for up to two pets. The voucher will provide a one-time sterilization benefit of $80 for a male cat, $120 for a female cat, $180 for a male dog and $200 for a female dog.
ATTENTION LOW INCOME VOUCHER RECIPIENTS: The expiration date of all Low-Income vouchers issued after 11-1-21 has been extended by 60 days to a total of 120 days. Low-Income Voucher Extension Notice.
Please note: If the veterinarian's spay/neuter fee exceeds the voucher amount, the eligible owner is responsible for the difference. In addition, payment for any additional procedures and/or medications is the responsibility of the pet owner. Pets too young or sick may be granted a medical extension only by a CT participating veterinarian.
***** EFFECTIVE 12-23-21
The Animal Population Control Program's Low-Income Program is now closed for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2022. Please contact the Animal Population Control Program (APCP) after August 1, 2022 for the availability of new benefits.
Questions about the Low Income Program for the fiscal year 2022 can be directed to the Animal Population Control Program (APCP) by email email@example.com or by calling 860-713-2507.
COMMEMORATIVE LICENSE PLATE: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each plate is deposited into the program's dedicated account. The plate design was created and donated by Connecticut artists Mark Maglio of Plainville and Kathy Goff of Avon. Plate fees are $50 for an off-the-shelf plate, $70 to transfer your present plate and $139 for a new vanity plate. There is also a $15 biennial renewal fee, with $10 from each application going to support program goals. For more information about acquiring a pet plate, go to the DMV web site.
Reissued plates - More than 1,000 previously issued PAW, PET, DOG, CAT, TLC, WAG, WOF, and WUF series plates are now available for the vanity fee of $139. Please contact the vanity plate unit of the Department of Motor Vehicles at (860) 263-5154 for availability.
DOG LICENSE APPLICATION: The Department of Agriculture has created a generic dog license application in English and Spanish, which can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. The APCP receives 68% of its income from dog license surcharge revenue. Please pay special attention to the correct license fee for your dog's gender and if a late fee is applicable. NOTE: This application must be mailed to your Town Clerk.
For more information about the municipal pound pet, feral cat, low-income programs, acquiring a "Caring for Pets" plate application or other related spay/neuter information, please contact the Department of Agriculture, Animal Population Control Program, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 702, Hartford, CT 06103 or call 1-860-713-2507 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.