By TYLER MASK
For Palo Pinto County residents needing help with their pets, Palo Pinto County Humane Society is one of the local initiatives aiding with spaying/neutering and rabies vaccinations.
“Last year, we helped with over 200 animals, and it cost us over $5000 dollars to do that,” PPCHS's Spay/Neuter Director Nancy Cameron said. “That's just the part that we payed.”
This year, the organization hopes to increase the number of animals treated by 50 percent.
The cost for those looking to PPCHS's assistance program to spay/neuter an animal depends on the breed and size. Cats are a flat rate of $25, whereas dogs range from around $35 - $80 dollars, which includes both spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations. Once pet owners fill out a Spay/Neuter Assistance Application and pay PPCHS, the organization takes care of the rest of the treatment costs and sets up a veterinary appointment.
Stipulations include no refunds if one backs out or fails to show for their veterinary appointment, and PPCHS is not responsible for any negative reactions pets have during or after surgery. To find a form, go to either Downtown Video or Walden's Farm & Ranch Supply.
The benefits of spaying and neutering include aiding in the decline of overcrowded pet populations as well as potentially enhancing each pet's health.
“A cat can have three litters per year,” Cameron said. “Female cats can bring themselves into heat anytime there's a male cat around – they are not like dogs that cycle regularly. They can go into heat immediately and be pregnant while they are nursing.
“People think that if their female dog [that] has not been spayed is in a fenced yard, she'll be fine. But a male dog can tell when a female dog is in heat, and they will climb the fence, jump the fence – they will be in the yard with her. So, although it is very very important to fix the females, it would really help to fix the males too.