Cleo Fund is the spay/neuter arm of the Animal Welfare Society.
Founded in Portland in 1971, Cleo Fund was the first organization in Maine to recognize the importance of spaying and neutering pets. What started as a fundraising effort to help spay Cleo, a stray dog that had recently given birth to 10 puppies, turned into a non-profit organization dedicated to helping income-qualified individual afford spay/neuter surgeries for their pets.
In 2012, Cleo Fund selected Animal Welfare Society to carry on its mission. The merger created the largest spay/neuter organization in Maine, allowing Cleo Fund to expand its reach state-wide. Under AWS, Cleo Fund established a voucher program, redeemable at participating veterinarians throughout the state. The veterinarian discounts the surgery, the client pays a small co-pay, and Cleo Fund pays the remaining balance. If the cat is feral, Cleo Fund covers the entire cost of the surgery.
Cleo Fund advocates the importance of spay/neuter funding, puts on educational seminars, organizes spay/neuter clinics throughout the state, and offers resources and services to feral cats and their caretakers in Southern Maine.