Tuesday, Feb. 28, is World Spay Day, a day dedicated to promoting awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pet dogs and cats to help reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals.
Pet overpopulation can place extraordinary pressure on animal shelters who are trying to deal with issues of overcrowding and finding enough adoptive families for all the homeless dogs and cats in their care.
Reducing pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering is a cornerstone of our mission at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs.
The animal shelter creates a safe haven for animals in need, but it is never a substitute for a loving home — and too often there are not enough adoptive homes to meet the immediate needs of all our shelter residents. Some dogs and cats spend far too long at the animal shelter waiting for a home.
Spaying or neutering your pet animals is a simple way to prevent unwanted litters and to help reduce the burden of pet overpopulation and homelessness.
The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has several programs to assist people who may not be able to afford the cost of spaying or neutering their dog or cat.
For local residents who meet our income qualifying guidelines, a voucher from our Fix-It-Free program will cover the entire cost of either a spay or neuter surgery.
For those people who do not meet the income qualifying for our Fix-It-Free program, but still need assistance, our Spay Aid program offers coupons that cover a substantial portion of the cost of sterilizing a dog or cat. These vouchers and coupons are redeemable with all of our local Pagosa Springs veterinarians. Visit our website, www.humanesociety.biz, or call the animal shelter at 731-4771 for more detailed information about both the Fix-It-Free and Spay Aid programs, along with information about our other spay and neuter programs, such as Mother’s Aid and Feral Cat TNR.
Last year alone, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs paid for well over 500 spay and neuter surgeries through our public programs and our care of shelter animals.
To celebrate World Spay Day, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs will be increasing the monthly allocation of funds for both our Fix-It-Free and Spay-Aid programs for the month of March. Money for these programs is raised locally through donations, fund-raising events and revenue from our thrift store, and does not come from any national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, ASPCA or the United Way.
These extra funds for spay and neuter vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the animal shelter beginning March 1. The animal shelter is located at 465 Cloman Blvd., near the airport. Take advantage of this opportunity to spay or neuter your pet, save money and help reduce the number of unplanned and unwanted litters of dogs and cats in our community.