Tifton Gazette

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May 24, 2012

70 spay and neuter packages available to county residents

TIFTON — The Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter with the help of two foundations and the State of Georgia, offers an assistance package to 70 Tift County residents each month who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets. The program is open to both cat and dog owners, and Animal Shelter employees make it easy to register and receive assistance.

Ten Tifton vets participate in the program locally — five at Quailwood Animal Hospital and five at Branch’s Veterinary Clinic. The program makes it possible for local residents to receive spay or neuter procedures for their cat or dog at a greatly reduced cost.

The application process is simple, and handled mostly by Animal Shelter employees. Residents interested in requesting spay/neuter assistance for their pets need to go to the Animal Shelter on Hwy 125 South to fill out a simple application. From there, an employee of the Shelter will take the application through the approval process, and within two days assistance will be made available to those who qualify.

“Many of the 70 assistance packages go untouched each month.”, said Regenia Wells of the Tift County Animal Shelter. “We would like for every single one of them to get used, and we will help residents through the easy application process.”

Reducing the number of pets euthanized in Tift County is the goal of the Save Our Pets Foundation, which is one of the local organizations helping to sponsor this program. The SOP Foundation hopes to reach that goal by assisting local residents with spay and neuter funds, and by facilitating more adoptions from the Shelter. “In the month of April, a tremendous number of cats  and dogs had to be euthanized in Tift County. It breaks my heart,” commented Foundation Board member Polly Huff.

“Only two cats and 18 dogs were adopted during the same period of time. We hope through the Spay/Neuter program and through facilitating pet adoptions to see a great decrease in the devastating number of euthanized animals.”

To apply for spay/neuter assistance funds, Tift County residents can visit the Animal Shelter at 278 Hwy 125 South, or call 382-7387 for more information.

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