Humane Society of Truckee begins community spay/neuter program |

Humane Society of Truckee begins community spay/neuter program

The mission of the Humane Society of Truckee is to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve suffering among animals, and provide humane education to improve the quality of animal life.

One of our main activities to meet these goals has always been to promote an active adoption program for homeless pets in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area.

In 1999, we adopted out 242 homeless dogs and cats, which was a 33 percent increase over our 1998 adoptions. But the numbers of homeless pets keep increasing, and at any given time we have around 25 – 30 homeless pets in our care.

Most of them are strays: former pets or offspring of pets that are abandoned because no one wants them anymore.

We have stepped up our adoption efforts to meet the increased need, but preventing unwanted pet pregnancies would get to the root of the homeless dog and cat problem in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

With the help of a generous grant from the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation, the Humane Society is addressing this problem. In the next few weeks we will be kicking off our Community Spay/Neuter Program, which is designed to encourage residents to surgically alter their pets by providing them a partial subsidy.

Upon payment of a nominal fee, the Humane Society will provide a certificate good for the surgery at participating area veterinarians.

The program is open to permanent residents of the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area.

There are several benefits to having your pet “fixed.”

Altered dogs and cats make better companions and are much less likely to roam.

There is a reduced risk of illness in altered dogs and cats.

Also, caring for a pregnant pet and properly raising a litter can be quite expensive.

But best of all, by the most conservative estimate each neuter or spay operation on a dog or cat prevents four surplus births per year over the next three years.

And the fewer unwanted animals in our community, the fewer that have to be destroyed each year.

This program will commence in the next few weeks, and we hope that the community will take advantage of it.

For more information, including participating veterinarians and costs, please call the Humane Society’s phone line at 587-5948.

Georgia Smith is a Humane Society board member and the grant writer for the organization.

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