Background of the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill
The goal of this bill is to help fund spay/neuter surgeries on cats and dogs belonging to low-income residents of our state, and on feral and free-roaming cats. The bill does not make spay/neuter surgery mandatory.
In Washington, versions of a Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill have been introduced to the legislature since 2009. However, the bill has not yet passed.
Current Status of the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill
We made significant progress during the 2013 legislative session. On March 13, a substitute version of SB 5202 passed on the Senate floor and went to the House Agriculture Committee for consideration. The substitute bill had an alternate funding source that we do not believe will be sufficient, so we worked with legislators to pursue workable, adequate funding options. While those issues still need to be resolved, a hearing was held before the Agriculture Committee. Unfortunately, the bill did not get voted out of committee before the bill cut-off date; however, it will be reactivated during the 2014 session.