A Gift of Love for Tahoe’s Pets: $1,000 in Rebates | TahoeDailyTribune.com

A Gift of Love for Tahoe’s Pets: $1,000 in Rebates

Provided to the TribuneGet paid for saving their lives by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A.

To celebrate national Spay Day USA 2002 the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. will reimburse Tahoe pet owners $20 for each dog and $10 for each cat who is spayed or neutered through March 31.

All pet owners need do is mail a copy of the full fee veterinary bill as proof of surgery. Refund requests must be received by April 30, 2002. As an incentive to do the right thing, up to $1,000 will be paid out to local pet owners.

In addition, El Dorado County Animal Control will issue $20 and $10 credit vouchers to pet owners who pick the vouchers up before the surgery at the county facility on Shakori Drive. The vouchers are honored at most local veterinarians. The pet owner gives the county voucher to the participating veterinarian for instant credit when the pet is taken in. This means that in total pet owners can save $40 on dog sterilization and $20 on cat sterilization through March 31.

Spaying or neutering brings rewards to both pet and owner. The mess of heat periods and the worry and expense of pregnancy, birth and puppy raising are avoided. Painful and expensive cancers are prevented. Unwanted and dangerous behaviors can be modified or eliminated. Since the majority of dog bites come from roaming, intact males pet owner liability is reduced. The quality and longevity of the human-animal relationship is increased.

Spaying of female and neutering of male companion animals is done as early as six weeks of age with no negative side effects. Experienced local veterinarians perform the surgery for the general public from 12 to 16 weeks of age. It is a myth that pets must come into their first heat, have a litter or wait until six months of age to be neutered. Spaying and neutering also saves lives. Up to six million adoptable pets still are killed in shelters each year just because there are not enough homes for them.

To stop the killing and give a healthy life to your pet: 1. Schedule surgery. 2. Get your credit voucher from El Dorado County Animal Control in Meyers at (530) 577-1766. 3. Mail a copy of your paid, full fee vet bill to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. at P.O. PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 for a cash refund of $10 or $20.

For more information call (530) 577-4521.

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