Niagara Gazette

January 21, 2013

Save-A-Pet launches affordable spay/neuter project

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Save-A-Pet is launching an “Affordable Spay/Neuter Project” that offers a low-cost spay/neuter option for cats and dogs owned by income-eligible residents of Niagara County. This effort is made possible through a $20,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Niagara County residents meeting an income requirement set by the ASPCA guidelines can have a cat or multiple cats spayed or neutered for only $15 per cat or $25 per dog. 

To qualify for the program, a pet’s owner must show proof of Niagara County residency and proof of participating in one of the following programs: Food stamps; supplemental security income for the aged, blind and disabled; low-income housing assistance; HEAP, unemployment benefits, family assistance, safety-net assistance or medical assistance. Full details and information on how to sign up is available on Save-A-Pet’s website, or by calling 559-3020, ext. 5.

Save-A-Pet has been a no-kill pet rescue organization since its incorporation in 1977. In recent years, in addition to an active adoption program, Save-A-Pet’s volunteers have organized spay/neuter clinics for privately-owned cats by working with a local veterinarian who offered moderate prices. The additional clinics made possible by the ASPCA grant will be a great help.

Jane Voelpel, Save-A-Pet’s treasurer, is one of the volunteers involved in organizing the clinics. “... this is a golden opportunity for folks to take advantage of this offer, and to tell their neighbors and help spread the word. We’ve even added an extra ‘mailbox’ to our phone line in the hopes that we’ll be flooded with calls.”

The goal of Save-A-Pet’s Affordable Spay/Neuter Project is to spay/neuter 200 pets in 2013, according to Save-A-Pet’s President Chris Halvorson.