Nationwide, an estimated 6-8 million homeless kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs enter animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the other half are put down. The majority of animals euthanized are healthy pets who would have made great companions, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The same is true at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter.
Spaying/neutering helps control pet overpopulation and keeps the number of unwanted dogs and cats at bay. This, in turn, cuts the costs taxpayers spend on shelters and animal control programs. It also helps stop the spread of diseases and destruction caused by homeless animals and lowers the risk pets face in developing certain cancers. It curbs pets’ instinct to roam, so they are less likely to be in accidents or get in fights. The list of positive results of spaying/neutering goes on.
The Pulaski County Humane Society holds low-cost spay/neuter clinics every Thursday on site at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter.
“While our clinics stay booked well in advance, we are still amazed by how many pet owners don’t know about the clinic. It may very well be one of Pulaski County’s best kept secrets,” said PCHS Executive Director, Candice Simmons.
The organization wants to change that. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Society will celebrate World Spay/Neuter Day by offering pet owners a $10 discount on all surgeries, making the cost for dog spays/neuters $60 and cats $45. This cost includes rabies and pain medication for three days. Prepayment is required. Pet owners interested in taking advantage of the discount must make an appointment in advance by calling 540-674-0089 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants should drop off pets at 8 a.m. and same day pick up is at 5 p.m.
Dr. Laura Nelson, PCHS’s veterinarian-in-charge, and board member, Dr. Jared Morgan, owner and veterinarian at Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, will be performing the spay/neuter surgeries that day.
Also on Feb. 28, the Society will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Pet lovers are invited to visit the dogs and cats at the shelter and enjoy light refreshments. The shelter is located at 80 Dublin Park Road, off Route 100, past the Dublin post office and police station. The open house is for visitation only and no animal intake will be permitted after 5 p.m.
Mark your calendars now to celebrate World Spay/Neuter Day with the Pulaski County Humane Society on Feb. 28.