Second Chance: Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.
I am one of the lucky ones. I am one of the 6.5 million companion animals annually received in a U.S. animal shelters nationwide and not one of the 1.5 to 2 million pets euthanized annually. I am not yet one of the 3.2 million pets annually adopted though. But I am still lucky. Estimates vary but are in the neighborhood of 70 million for the number of homeless pets in America.
It was only about a decade ago that the number of pets being euthanized annually was around 7 million. So things are improving. But 1.5 to 2 million is still a horrifyingly large number. Especially from a cat’s perspective.
The 5 million life reduction in euthanasia is largely spay/neuter programs.
Second Chance Humane Society has been operating a spay/neuter program for 25 years now. Recently they formed a new collaboration with Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic in Montrose to offer weekly low cost spay/neuter procedures for anyone who cannot afford the normal costs. (The program uses funding through the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund with some augmentation through the Telluride Animal Foundation.)
Basically, this program removes the “I can’t afford it” part from spay/neuter for residents of Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. Prices for surgeries range from $20 – $40. Yes that is correct: for as little as $20 you can do your part to reduce pet homelessness in our region.
Second Chance Humane Society’s mission statement starts off with “Saving Lives” and this is a significant component in how this works. Spay/neuter programming saves millions of pet’s lives and, as a homeless cat, I can only hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity. Contact Second Chance to reserve one of the weekly spay/neuter appointments for your unaltered pet today.
My name is Kit Kat. I have been waiting for my new home for a few years now. Yes, a few years have passed since I was rescued, but I know my kind of people are out there somewhere looking for that sweet and loving girl with an edge (to keep things interesting). I get along well with other cats and dogs and love people. I am also not boring. I am a mature and sparkling at seven years of age and appreciate a good game of checkers. I look forward to making your acquaintance.
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