Spay and Neuter Resources
by Delisa Renideo

(Second article)



In my last article, I encouraged everyone who loves animals to spay or neuter their pets. I shared some alarming statistics about the numbers of animals euthanized, both locally and nationally, simply because of overpopulation. (To read past articles, visit www.raysofhope.info) It is truly up to each of us to make the commitment that our dogs and cats will never contribute to the overpopulation problem, with the subsequent result of homeless, neglected, abandoned, or euthanized animals. The only way to be positive we are not part of the problem is by spaying and neutering.
We have abundant resources available here in the Mat-Su Valley to make it easy to act on our responsibility to spay and neuter our pets. First, every veterinary clinic performs these surgeries. Yes, it costs money, but the fees are very reasonable for the value received. And to make it even more affordable, you can get a coupon from Friends of Pets to receive $20 off the cost, regardless of where the surgery is performed. You must have the coupon before the surgery is performed. Send your request for the coupon, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to: Friends of Pets, Spay/Neuter Program,
PO Box 240981, Anchorage, AK 99524-0981.
Another wonderful program to help with the cost of spaying and neutering is called STOP, which stands for “Stop the Overpopulation of Pets.” STOP works in conjunction with the Palmer SPCA spay/neuter clinic, which can be reached at 746-7729. By calling that number, you can apply for a voucher for 50% off the cost of the spay/neuter surgery when it is performed at the Palmer SPCA clinic. You can also pick up an application for the voucher from the Mat-Su Animal Care & Regulation Shelter. You must have the voucher prior to taking your pet to be spayed/neutered.


If you adopt a dog or cat from the Mat-Su Shelter, your adoption fees will include a $30 refundable deposit which you will get back after proof that you have had your animal spayed/neutered. You will also be required to sign an agreement that you will have this surgery performed, usually within a month if the dog or cat is at least 6 months old.
Providing a loving home for an animal companion is a significant responsibility, and there are expenses involved. We need to budget money to care for our animals, providing them with quality food, adequate shelter, veterinary care, and someone to care for them when we go on trips. Spaying/neutering is one of the costs we need to accept as part of pet ownership. In the long run, it is very likely to save money because unfixed animals generally have more health problems and a litter of puppies or kittens also adds expenses.
However, the main reason for spaying/neutering is that it saves lives. Every puppy or kitten adopted into a home means that there is one less home available for the dog or cat waiting for a home at the shelter.
Please visit Adopt A Friend if you are looking for an animal to adopt. This site also includes lost and found.
If you would like to volunteer your time, energy, and love, the animals need you! Please call if you can help.

Delisa Renideo
373-1526


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