League for Animals and People of the Summit

Summit County pets need your help! Since 1990, LAPS has helped pets and their owners with spay/neuter programs and low income members of our community with financial assistance for unexpected veterinary bills. We subsidize all spay/neuter costs for our local Animal Shelter for adoptee pets.

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Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

$100 vouchers that can be used toward the spaying or neutering of a pet at any of the veterinary practices in Summit County. No income restriction.

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Evidence of Program's Success

340 vouchers (up from 313 in 2018) for spay/neuter were used in 2019, equaling $34,000 of funding by LAPS and saving countless possible unwanted litters of dogs and cats from heartless euthanasia.

Low Income Spay/Neuter

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

Low-income individuals, which is based on the county standards, can apply for 80% funding for the spay or neuter of a pet. There is no age requirement for the pet. An application that includes financial information and residency must be submitted.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Residents are applying in fewer numbers and the shelter transfers in puppies and kittens to meet local demand. All pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Spay/Neuter Adopted Pets

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

LAPS subsidizes all of the Summit County Animal Shelter's spay and neuter costs for animals prior to adoption, which allows the Shelter to transfer in more animals from other shelters who are overcrowded or under-funded. This saves hundreds more healthy animals from unnecessary euthanasia and provides options locally for adopting a variety of pets or breeds.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Pets do not leave the Summit County Animal Shelter with the ability to procreate. In 2019, LAPS funded 301 (up from 174 in 2018) spay/neuter procedures for Shelter animals before adoption.

Low Income Medical Surgical Fund

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

Low income families, based on county standards, can apply for financial assistance for veterinary procedures. LAPS will cover 50% of the bill up to a lifetime maximum of $1000 (up from $750) per pet. We do not cover routine vaccinations, micro-chips, elective procedures, dental cleanings and certain types of testing. Applications must be submitted to LAPS with financial information and proof of either living or working in Summit County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019, LAPS helped 36 (up from 23 in 2018) animals and their families, spending almost $14,000 on veterinary procedures, not including spay/neuter.

Cheyenne Fund

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

Providing financial assistance for pets with life-shortening illnesses. Each application is taken on a case by case basis.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Giving a pet owner another option beyond euthanasia, and extending and improving the quality of life of their pet.

Chappy Fund

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

The Chappy Fund is to help defray the costs of veterinary care for pets that have been abused. Each application is taken on a case by case basis.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Luckily, we have not had to use this fund very often in the past 30 years.

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