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.