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Mae West's Fix 'Em Free Program

In honor of the late Mae West, the Douglas County Humane Society, along with other local organizations, is offering a free spay/neuter program through May 2.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, six to eight million homeless pets enter shelters every year, half of which are euthanized.   Seeing to it that your pets are spayed and neutered is one way to help prevent this from happening.   Unfortunately, many people can’t afford to have the procedure done and end up with several litters of unwanted kittens and puppies. 

Luckily, the Douglas County Humane Society (DCHS) is looking to help reduce the homeless pet population in Douglas County, which in turn, will help reduce the number of animals who are euthanized in local shelters.   One way they will be doing this in the immediate feature is through the Mae West’s Fix ‘Em Free program.  

According to a press release from the DCHS, from now until May 2, the program “will provide free spay and neuter procedures to the pets of Douglas County residents who cannot afford to get their pets sterilized.”  The procedure, which also includes free vaccinations, will be completed at LifeLine Spay and Neuter Clinic on Sullivan Road in Atlanta.  The program was created by the DCHS, along with , Friends of the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue, and Lifeline Animal Project.  It is being funded by Southern Hope Humane Society.

Douglas County Animal Control Manager Chuck Brawn said in the press release, “It is our mission to drastically reduce the number of homeless animals in Douglas.  By eliminating any financial barriers we hope to encourage all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.”

The program is named for the late Mae West, who many people know as a long-time champion of Douglas County’s animals and homeless pets.   Unfortunately, West died in 2009, but she would have been 72 years old on May 2, 2011, the date the program ends.    

If you are interested in participating in the program, pick up an application at the Douglas County Animal Shelter at 1755 County Services Road in Douglasville, or you can call the Douglas County Humane Society at 678-838-9123 to learn more.   Dogs and cats must be eight weeks or older to participate. 

anita smith April 12, 2011 at 02:30 AM
this is a 1derful program<i wish&pray tht the county im frm will come 2gether w/a program like this.I have 2 dogs tht r my life.they r chihuahuas,my female was fixed 5yrs ago,shes 10yrs old&my male hes rite at 8&thinks hes the "dogs bark"(as in cats meow)around my home,altho his character has gotten him several health problems not 2 mention 1 tht has him sounding terrible when hes breathing heavy,he needs so bad 2 be fixed tht if accepted id sure giv my big toe 4 him&walk w/a cane the rest of my life,but its just my luck(if u r 1 2 believe in luck)tht this program has 2 be n a county tht im not in altho im nxt 2 it,im just not tht kind of person,but iv brought in stray animals of all kinds comin frm douglas co 2 my home(not so the county wod have tht 1 less animal 2 worry with but b/c tht 1 anaimal didnt have nowher 2 call home r codnt find its home,iv put 8day old kittens tht wer thrown away w/my dog tht had just been spayed&had them 2 survive,iv given cpr 2 neighbors dogs only aftr them givin up on them NOT coming back 2 life,iv bought&built dog houses&fixes 4 others free of charge so they cod give ther grandchildren an animal 4 christmas r 4 a lil boy 2 be able 2 keep his puppy b/c of him not havin any1 2 help him build a doghouse.Thru out our lives we help out others 2 be a blessing in givin them some joy in ther lives,so 4 sure i no the reaping is worth all the sowing,WHY? B/C IT WAS GREAT SOWING 4 EVERY1 INVOLVED. take care&have a BLESSED EVENING!

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