Financial Assistance

Our programs are offered in cooperation with the following local Steamboat Springs veterinarians.


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Low Income Spay/Neuter Program

Call RCHS to qualify, 970-879-7247, or apply by completing the online form.

Apply for Financial Assistance

RCHS provides spay/neuter vouchers to low-income families on a three-tiered scale based on family size and income. The income thresholds are 125%, 165% and 200% of federal poverty level, adjusted annually. These vouchers may be used at any of the four veterinary hospitals in Steamboat Springs. The cost of the surgeries for qualifying pet owners is shown in the following table.

Qualifying household income as a percentage of the federal poverty level 125% 165% 200%
Cat neuter cost for qualified clients $15 $25 $35
Cat spay cost for qualified clients $25 $35 $45
Dog neuter cost for qualified clients $40 $50 $60
Dog spay cost for qualified clients $50 $60 $70

The balance of the cost will be paid by RCHS through reimbursement to the veterinarians, who have all agreed to provide a 20% reduction in the total cost of spay/neuter surgeries under the low-income program.

In order to qualify for the low-income program, clients are required to fill out an application. Qualified applicants must provide photo identification and verification of income when they come to pick up their voucher at RCHS (760 Critter Court, Steamboat Springs).

For those who apply for low-income assistance, but who do not quite qualify under the three-tiered system, RCHS provides $80 spay/neuter coupons that can be used at any of the local veterinary hospitals.

Please note that additional costs beyond the spay or neuter are the responsibility of the client/pet owner.

Documentation Needed

Photo Identification

Plus One (1) of the following:

Proof of public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Reference from Integrated Community/Communidad Integrada (ciiccolorado.org)
Two most recent pay stubs
W-2
1040
Proof of children in the reduced-cost school lunch program
Proof of unemployment benefits currently or within the last three months
Proof of Food Stamps
Latest award letter for Social Security or disability payments
Proof of Medicaid
Extreme medical expense or other demonstrable extreme financial hardship
Court documents showing amount of child support or spousal maintenance

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Veterinary Medical Assistance Program

Apply for Financial Assistance

The goal of this program is to help animals that need immediate veterinary care, including treatment, surgery and medications. RCHS will use the following criteria to determine funding:

  • Financial need of owner
  • Opinion of treating veterinarian as to medical necessity, urgency, and prognosis for treatment needed
  • Demonstrated capability of the animal owner to take responsibility for his/her animal

RCHS provides assistance to anyone whose income is at or below the 200% of poverty level threshold. For those who qualify, RCHS will cover 30% of the veterinary bill, up to a maximum contribution of $400 per animal per occurrence. For example, if the total veterinary bill is $600, RCHS will pay $180 (30%) to the veterinarian and the client will cover the balance. If the total bill is $2,500, RCHS will pay $400 (our maximum contribution) to the veterinarian and the client will pay the balance.

Assistance is subject to the availability of funds and is at the sole discretion of the Routt County Humane Society Board of Directors.

In order to qualify for the low-income program, clients are required to fill out an application. Qualified applicants must provide photo identification and verification of income when they come to pick up their voucher at RCHS (760 Critter Court, Steamboat Springs).

Documentation Needed

Photo Identification

Plus One (1) of the following:

Proof of public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Reference from Integrated Community/Communidad Integrada (ciiccolorado.org)
Two most recent pay stubs
W-2
1040
Proof of children in the reduced-cost school lunch program
Proof of unemployment benefits currently or within the last three months
Proof of Food Stamps
Latest award letter for Social Security or disability payments
Proof of Medicaid
Extreme medical expense or other demonstrable extreme financial hardship
Court documents showing amount of child support or spousal maintenance