A Valentine Gift for Tahoe’s Pets, Setting a Course for a Kinder Future Spay Day 2001: A Spay Odyssey
To celebrate national “Spay Day 2001: A Spay Odyssey” the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. will reimburse Tahoe pet owners $20 for each dog and $10 for each cat that is spayed or neutered between Feb. 1 and March 31. All the pet owner need do is mail a copy of the full fee veterinary bill as proof of surgery. Refund requests must be received by April 30. As an incentive to do the right thing, up to $1,000 will be paid out to local pet owners.
In addition, prior to the surgery El Dorado County Animal Control will issue a limited number of $20 and $10 credit vouchers to pet owners who pick them up at the El Dorado County facility on Shakori Drive. The vouchers are honored at most local veterinarians. The pet owner can then give 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 during the Feb. 1 through March 31 period. Feb. 27 is the official seventh annual Spay Day USA event. Spaying of females 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 6 months of age to be neutered.
Spaying and neutering also brings rewards to both pet and owner. 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 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. The numbers those neglected and abandoned who die alone in pain at the side of the road adds millions more to the total.
Each puppy or kitten born kills another who waits in a shelter for a loving home. Over 75 percent given away “free to good homes” end up in shelters. For these reasons the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. subsidizes year-around, local spay-neuter assistance programs for pet guardians in need.
Give your pet a real Valentine. Schedule surgery. Get your credit voucher from El Dorado County Animal Control on Shakori Drive in Meyers Monday through Friday, including Wednesday evening. Call (530) 577-1766 for hours.
Mail a copy of your paid, full fee vet bill to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. at P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 for a refund of $10 or $20. For information about ongoing spay-neuter assistance call (530) 577-4521.
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