2007-03-15 / Letters

Help Available For Spaying Pets

Help Available For Spaying Pets

February 27 was Spay Day USA and in Vermont as well. A primary purpose of Spay Day was to increase public awareness about the dog and cat overpopulation crisis in this country. Millions of healthy animals are killed every year simply because there are not enough homes for them. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats not only prevents unwanted litters and saves countless lives, but it also makes for happier, healthier companions with fewer behavior problems.

Many people truly want to have their animals spayed or neutered but just have not been able to afford to do so. It is so important that the public knows that financial assistance is available. Income eligible residents—people on many types of public assistance—are eligible for the Vermont Spay Neuter Assistance Program (VSNIP).

Through VSNIP, people can have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered and vaccinated for just $10. Applications are available at local shelters, social service and town clerks offices, and from participating veterinarians. People who are not eligible for VSNIP but need a low cost spay neuter option may be able to get appointments at spay days that are happening across the state.

About two thirds of the veterinarians in the state are participating in the VSNIP program. Without their generosity, love of animals, and desire to help, over 1600 dogs and cats might not have been spayed or neutered since the program began last May.

Vets do not have to participate in the state program; they do so because they care. I was elated when I found out that the vets I have used for 14 years, Country Animal Hospital, were accepting VSNIP vouchers for cats. Every surgery a vet does truly makes a difference and as someone who has seen first hand what happens to unwanted dogs and cats, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to thank the schools, libraries, firehouses and town centers who let us use their facilities and all the volunteers, including vets and vet techs, who participate in many spay days across the state. It is heartening to know that so many people want to help and together I know we are making a difference.

Please have your dogs and cats spayed or neutered and encourage others to do so as well-—spaying just one dog or cat can prevent thousands of unwanted future offspring.

SpayED has two spay days coming up—one on March 19 in Northfield and one on April 11 in Vershire. Please call 276-9999 to schedule an appointment or receive more information.

Pamela A. Krausz

SpayED President

Brookfield

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