CCHS Receives Grant to Help Fund Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

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Chautauqua County Humane Society

In our ongoing mission to positively impact animals in our community, we continue to operate our low cost spay/neuter clinic. In addition to this program we also ensure that every dog, cat, and rabbit that is adopted from CCHS is altered. The total number of pets that have been spayed/neutered through our shelter in 2016 was 2,315. This number includes all pets that have been adopted, gone through our low cost clinic, via a volunteer operated feral cat program, or through the Friends of Animals voucher program. Each and every pet that we have helped places us one step closer to solving the pet overpopulation problem in our communities.

In 2016 of those 2,315 animals altered, 1,400 of them were through our low cost spay/neuter clinic. Programs such as these are made available to the public through grants and donations from our generous community. Our spay/neuter program recently received a $2,000 grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund for Field of Interest in order to help maintain this program in 2017.

There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet, including these from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently; sometimes all over the house! Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals. Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering. Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

If you or someone you know are in need of spay/neuter services for your pet and qualify for the low income standard, please contact Rachel Johnson at 716.665.2209 ext. 210 or by email at rjohnson@spcapets.com.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need.