Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born, which often results in many being euthanized. During this tough economic time more and more pet owners are having a hard time affording the cost to take care of animals. That often means a delay in getting them spayed or neutered. One organization is making sure there are no financial burdens for pet parents. P.E.T.S a low cost spay and neuter clinic and the Human Society recently came across some grant money for the public to fix their animals. The grant was more than $30,000 and within the last six weeks PETS has performed 350 surgeries for people who took advantage of the free voucher. Those who did say it took a financial burden off their shoulders.
Jeanne Johnston dropped off her one-year-old cat Wilson early Tuesday morning to get fixed and she did so for free through a voucher she obtained from the Humane Society, a financial relief for her.
"We don't have a lot of income," said Johnston. "It helps out a lot for people that don't have a lot of money and they're paying bills then they're broke."
Lyle Parmley and Barbara Hastings are in the same boat.
"Two-Hundred dollars to three-hundred dollars a month on their shots and their overall grooming and feeding," said Parmley.
"Three dogs and basically broke all the time," said Hastings.
They are financially strapped yet they want to make sure unwanted litters aren't born.
"If it wasn't for the vouchers I don't know how else we would have been able to take care of all
During this rough economy it's hard for many owners to take that extra step of getting their
furry friend spayed or neutered and PETS wants people to know they're here for you.
"Because of us and the financial options we have available you can spay and neuter and pay
what you can afford," said Leslie Harrelson with PETS.
Pet over population in our area is a problem that all animals agencies deal with on a daily basis
and Leslie says that once the financial obstacle is out of the way it's about educating people
on its importance.
"Everybody that walks through our clinic for a vaccine we're educating them, but it's still a
huge problem," she said.
If you would like more information about getting your pet spayed or neutered you can contact PETS at (940) 723-7387. All the vouchers have been claimed but Leslie Harrelson says there are still other grants people can take advantage of. Of course the organization always welcomes donations.