Spay, neuter program to aid low-income families

Last updated: April 02. 2014 9:23PM - 1202 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com



Melanie Yates, an employee at the Yadkin County Animal Shelter, cuddles with some of the kittens available for adoption.
Melanie Yates, an employee at the Yadkin County Animal Shelter, cuddles with some of the kittens available for adoption.
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The Yadkin County Animal Shelter and the local Humane Society are preparing for the arrival of spring with several events and programs to help pet owners. The county commissioners recently approved a project that will allow the Yadkin County Animal Shelter to provide spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners.


“Spayed and neutered pets typically are healthier, they live a longer life,” said Jessica Wall, assistant to the director of human services. “They’re less likely to roam from home or be dominate or aggressive.


“Overall, what the research says is a spayed or neutered pet is a healthier pet and that really does help with the pet population. One of the reasons we wanted to get this project going for the spring is because it’s going to be time for puppies and kittens.”


The program was funded by an generous donation from an anonymous donor, Wall said. Some of the funds that were donated were used to offer a $20 discount on the pet adoption fee and the remaining amount will go toward the spay and neuter program.


An application process is required to qualify. Pet owners must reside in Yadkin County and meet the federal poverty guidelines to be eligible. Once the application process is completed, the shelter will schedule an appointment for the animal’s surgery. The pet owner will drop off their pet at the shelter to be taken for the procedure and return at the end of the day to pick up their pet. Pet owners may have up to three pets spayed or neutered. The animals must have their rabies vaccination to quality for the program, and if needed, the shelter will provide this service for a fee of $10.


Wall said that other than rabies vaccinations, having a pet spayed or neutered is one of the most important things a pet owner can do.


The shelter, in conjunction with the Humane Society, also will be holding rabies clinics beginning this Saturday with Dr. Arnold at Harmony Heights at 220 Pollywood Lane in Yadkinville. Rabies vaccinations will be available for $10, cash only. Additional rabies clinics will be held on April 12 with Dr. Holt at Yadkin Veterinary Hospital at 5532 U.S. 601 in Yadkinville and April 26 with Dr. Robbins at Grandview Animal Hospital located at 6043 Old U.S. 421 in East Bend. The Yadkin Animal Shelter will hold its rabies clinic on May 7 at the shelter, located at 1027 Speaks Street in Yadkinville.


“One of the most important things as far as keeping the animal population safe in Yadkin County is rabies vaccination, which is required by law, ” Wall said.


For more information about the rabies clinics, contact the Humane Society at 336-469-4990. For information about the animal shelter’s spay and neuter program, call 336-677-2500 or stop by the shelter, located at 1027 Speaks Street in Yadkinville.


The shelter also has dogs and cats available for adoption. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Photos of the animals available for adoption can be viewed at www.facebook.com/pages/Yadkin-County-Animal-Shelter/114448421572.


Kitsey E. Burns can be reached 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.


 
 
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