Funds to assist low-income Madison County families with costs of spaying and neutering
Last month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded $29,000 to Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association to expand its spay/neuter assistance program through the New York State Animal Population Control Program. With this grant more than 500 animals will be fixed, preventing countless litters of unplanned cats and dogs from entering the shelter system.
“This grant enables us to help families that cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering their pets, especially in this economy,” said Denise Adams, Wanderers’ Rest shelter manager. “For example, a family of five making $45,500 or less is eligible. This should be a big help for families that have to choose between this kind of expense and paying for food, medicine or the rent.”
Low-income Madison County pet owners will be asked to pay half of the cost of spay/neuter surgery while Wanderers’ Rest will cover the remainder of the spay/neuter surgery cost by using funds provided through this grant.
Through an agreement with five participating veterinarians in Madison County the costs are: $110 for a female dog, $85 for a male dog, $85 for a female cat and $55 for a male cat. The grant does not cover additional veterinary costs that may be associated with the surgery, such as an exam or vaccinations or special reproductive health circumstances.
Pet owners must apply at Wanderers’ Rest for assistance and provide an SSI statement, their Federal Tax Return or proof of public assistance.
Once approved, Wanderers’ Rest will provide a voucher good for 30 days that can be taken to one of the following five veterinary practices: Village Veterinary Hospital in Wampsville, Cazenovia Animal Hospital, Chittenango Animal Hospital, Oneida Animal Hospital and Upstate Animal Clinic in Cazenovia.
Animal overpopulation is not just a matter of family income, it is endemic throughout society.