NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A really good deal is being offered during the month of February by the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County.
Certificates for free spays and neuters on pets will help cut down on the number of unwanted animals.
The leaders of the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County have been wanting to offer free animal spays and neuters for a long time, but the agency just didn't have the money. When an anonymous donor presented a big check the board knew immediately knew how to apply it.
"Spring is kitten and puppy time, and this is the time to deal with that issue and get people thinking about it, talking about it, and we hope taking advantage of it," said John Anderson, the board president of the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County.
"We have a Valentine pink slip certificate for folks," said Judy Patch, the program director for the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County.
It's a deal for Nacogdoches County pet owners and a deal for all residents who want to cut down on the number of unwanted pets.
"The certificate covers the basic spay or neuter, a one year rabies shot if needed if required and the basic first round vaccinations if necessary," Patch said.
The first week more than 100 applications have been filled out. Cages are empty not because of euthanizations, but because of adoptions.
"We've had a lot of adoptions recently so everything has kinda taken care of itself," said Theresa Jordan, the manager of the Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center.
Don't be misled. The free spays and neuters wouldn't be offered if there wasn't a need to slow down the animal population.
"Last year 3,070 cats and dogs were brought into the shelter, and only 754 were adopted, so you kinda figure out what happened," Patch said.
For now, all concentration is on helping the animals there now and others throughout the county that remain unspayed and unneutered. It's a partnership that is bringing smiles.