Dog neutering, income-based cost breaks at Humane Society

       People with lower incomes can get discounted costs for having their dogs or cats neutered/spayed, through a new offering by the Westside-based Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
       Families of four with annual incomes as high as $33,072 (or even $40,000-plus, if they have a child in the school free-lunch program) can qualify for the “Tier 1” co- pay level, while incomes up to $55,172 qualify for the slightly less discounted “Tier 2.”
       The service is provided at the surgery center inside the Humane Society, 610 Abbott Lane. Spaying of cats has been provided since the center opened in early 2009, but this is the first time the Humane Society has offered dog neutering to the public, according to Jan McHugh-Smith, president and CEO of the non-profit facility.
       The goal is to help reduce the cat and dog “overpopulation … by offering an affordable, cost-effective alternative for those in financial need,” according to a Humane Society press release. “Spaying or neutering pets prevents unwanted litters and reduces behavioral issues; the practice creates a healthier lifestyle for animals in the community and reduces stress on owners,” the release adds.
       Statistics from the Humane Society show that it took in more than 9,000 cats and kittens last year, with only 4 in 10 adopted. For dogs, the total was 11,000, with 8 in 10 adopted.
       For cost information or to schedule an appointment, call the Humane Society at 473-1741 x195.

Westside Pioneer/press release