NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Humane Society of Nacogdoches County is hoping pet owners take advantage of free healthcare for their favorite animal this month by getting them spayed or neutered.
The humane society is sponsoring 500 free spay and neuter vouchers which are good for a free procedure and rabies vaccination through Valentine’s Day. More than half were handed out the first week. Staff and volunteers are planning to keep the program running thru the advertised Feb. 15 deadline.
"We’re still ongoing. We haven’t made any decisions [about cutting off the offers early], said Judy Patch, the humane society program director.
There are seven veterinarians who take part in the program. That’s all in town. They are hopeful the response will be a successful as years’ past.
“It’s unwanted cats and dogs out there, and to make it a safer environment for the whole Nacogdoches community, and they’re not transmitting diseases out there,” said Dr. Stephen Garner. “And they’re doing a great job, the humane society, to provide people this service.”
Garner said cats are particularly important to get spayed or neutered because they’re induced ovulators, which means they can continuously mate instead of relying on continuous cycles of ovulation like humans do. Garner added that dogs may not reproduce as quickly as cats can, but the vouchers the humane society are offering could still may a huge impact on the number of surrendered or feral dogs and cats.
“We want to reduce the amount of euthanasia at the animal shelter to a minimum; it’s never going to be 100-percent or anything like that, I don’t think,” said Dr. Garner. “But we can certainly keep it down to a minimum with programs like this.”
Last year the Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center had over 3,400 intakes and over 2,100 animals were euthanized.
Erline West of Nacogdoches County picked up vouchers for a dog named Bogie and cat called Florence. “It helps people who, you know, can’t afford it. I think it’s a real good program. I appreciate it very much.”
Nacogdoches County Humane Society is offering the free vouchers through Feb. 15. There is a limit of 2 vouchers per family. You can contact the humane society for more details about the program at 936-569-7272. A recorded message will provide details on how to receive your vouchers.