Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free spaying and neutering program available this week for pet owners

From the Herald Sun:
For more information, call the APS at 919-560-0640 or visit www.apsofdurham.org


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DURHAM – Pet owners can have their companions spayed or neutered for free through a special program offered by the Animal Protection Society of Durham.

The APS will issue free vouchers for the procedures to any Durham County resident through Saturday. The APS staff will set up an appointment with a participating veterinarian, according to Maria Hernandez, director of development for the APS.

To get the voucher, visit the Durham County Animal Shelter at 2117 E. Club Blvd. between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (or until 6 p.m. Wednesday), or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A state-issued identification showing the person lives in Durham County is required. A $20 donation to the APS is suggested, but not required. There are no additional fees.

“Our focus is to reduce unwanted litters from the pet population, so we’re willing to do what we can to help people who are putting it off or may not have the necessary resources to spay or neuter their pets on their own,” Hernandez said.

The typical cost for spaying or neutering can range from $85 to $300, depending on the type and size of animal. X-rays and additional tests can add to the cost.

The APS pays for the procedures, “so we rely on donors to help us fund this program,” Hernandez said. “We are proud to offer this service, because we believe strongly in ending pet over-population, which can lead to animals being abused, neglected, surrendered or abandoned,” she said.

Affordable Animal Care in Durham will perform the procedures.

In February, the APS conducted a similar program, and more than 100 pet owners participated, she said.

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