Our Mission: “Provide for and continuously improve the health, happiness and fortunes

of the homeless and abandoned cats and dogs in Monroe County”


SPAY NEUTER VOUCHER QUESTIONS, please email us: info@MonroeCountyFriendsofAnimals.org

Will you help us save hundreds of pets’ lives 
by donating $59 to spay/neuter just one?

Each year, the Monroe County Friends of Animals’ SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) provides free spay & neuter surgeries to nearly 1,200 cats and dogs in the county.  

The cost to do this is $70,800 or about $5,900 a month.

 Please donate $59 or more today.  

All animals greater than 3 months of age are required to be Rabies vaccinated per TN state law.

The voucher does not cover cost of the Rabies vaccine. 

Spay/Neuter is the only permanent,

100% effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

SPAY IT FORWARD pays an average $59 to spay or neuter a dog or cat. When you make a donation, this program will use ALL contributions to pay for surgeries in MCFA’s SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program). This program provides free spay/neuter vouchers for local Monroe County residents.

Reduce Pet Homelessness

Monroe County Residents have done an outstanding job in getting their pets Spayed or Neutered. The MCFA SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program) free voucher program has been the major contributor to causing this to happen. In 2009 the intake at the Monroe County shelter was 5909 in 2019 the intake was 1947.

Please be a part of the tremendous reduction in the Shelter intake SPAY IT FORWARD!

Improve Pet Health

Spayed or neutered animals live longer. Studies show pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.

Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers.
For example, male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer and it is thought that they also have lowered rates of prostate cancer, and female pets that are spayed, have lowered rates of mammary tumors.

Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

Our organization promotes spay and neuter in our communities through our SNAP program. This program gives vouchers for spay-neuter surgeries to people who otherwise would not alter their animal due to the cost of the surgery. The number of animals taken in at the shelter has declined every year since this program started.


MCFA’s SNAP program provides free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income residents of Monroe County, TN. Low-income pet owners are the major source of strays and abandoned pets because they cannot afford the expense of spay/neuter surgery or the additional cost of unwanted puppies or kittens.

SNAP attacks the root cause of animal overpopulation in our community by preventing unwanted litters. The SNAP program will significantly reduce the animal intake and over time, eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals at our county animal shelter.


Vouchers are limited to pet owners with a maximum household income of under $35,000/year (single person household) OR under $45,000/year for a family household OR residents who are on Food Stamps, Disability, Handicapped or a Medicaid recipient.

(1) In 10 years, the 2019 shelter intake was reduced 67% since the peak 2009 year (6,000 to 1,950), and euthanasia was reduced by a huge 93% (~4,000 to 275) during the same period.

So many animals have been saved! In 2019 about 86% of dogs & cats surrendered to the Shelter were saved.

(2) SNAP wishes to recognize and thank our grantors for their support of our spay/neuter program.