|Purred: Sun Jul 15, '12 3:00pm PST |
I googled "letter of designation as manager of feral cat colony in Illinois" and got the following:
Illinois Pet Population Control Program Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program
Who is eligible?
• Receiving Food Stamps or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Illinois residents only
• Feral Cat Colony Manager
How many pets can be spay/neutered each year?
• Two pets per family each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)
• A separate application must be completed for each pet
How do I prove I am eligible?
• Letter from Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) or Local Office showing amount of food stamps or SNAP benefits received monthly. Must be current information. They can contact their caseworker.
• Letter from federal government showing monthly benefits. Letter must clearly state that benefits are Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• DO NOT send LINK or Medicaid Cards, bank account statements or insurance cards. • DO NOT send original documents as IDPH WILL NOT return these.
How do I become an approved Feral Cat Colony Manager?
Must be designated by your city or county to operate a humane Trap/Spay and Neuter/Release (TNR) program for feral cats. Provide a copy of the letter designating you as a Feral Cat Colony Manager, signed by the mayor/county board chairman of the city/county where you are located to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The letter must be on city/county letterhead and have an original signature from the mayor or county board chairman. The letter must address the following points:
• Identify you as the manager of a Feral Cat Colony and a humane TNR program.
• Describe how many years you have been running a Trap/Spay or Neuter/Release Program
• Identify the address of the feral cat colony you are responsible for, including a brief geographic description of where the colony is located; and
• Provide an estimate of the total number of feral cats in the colony.
Send your designation letter to:
Illinois Department of Public Health Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Program,
525 W. Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor,
Springfield, IL 62761-0001.
Once your letter is reviewed and approved, a package of five vouchers will be sent to you along with a list of participating veterinarians. Spay/neuters for up to five feral cats will be approved per feral cat colony manager annually.
Are there any out-of-pocket costs for the pet owner?
• Must pay the veterinarian a $15.00 co-payment for each pet. Some veterinarians waive this fee for extreme need cases
• IDPH covers: all vaccinations needed by the pet (including the rabies vaccine); pain medications and all costs related to the spay/neuter procedure (including pre-/post-surgical exams). Any other costs must be paid by the pet owner.
How long does it take to be approved?
Once the application and proof of eligibility is received, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to process the voucher (if all of the documentation is correct). A list of participating veterinarians is sent with each approved spay/neuter voucher so that the pet owner can make an appointment. DO NOT make an appointment before you have received an approved voucher.
The answer to your question is under the "How do I become an approved Feral Cat Colony Manager" paragraph.
Hope this helps. Good luck to you.
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