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Spay and neuter program easier

Veterinarians at Emerald Bay Veterinary Hospital are participating in an important new program to help reduce the dog and cat population in California. Along with other California veterinarians, they want to be part of the solution to the problem described as “too many animals, not enough homes.” The Pet Altering Program, known as PAL, is administered by the California Veterinary Medical Association and funded by a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund.

PAL will provide low cost spay or neuter surgeries for the dogs and cats of California’s low-income residents. The program will make spay and neuter procedures much more accessible to dog and cat owners and caregivers struggling to make ends meet. The cost is $10 for a dog and $5 for a cat. To utilize the low-cost program a client need only locate a participating veterinarian in their area and demonstrate proof of low-income status by presenting a California Medi-Cal card, Medi-Cal Managed Care or Immediate need Medi-Cal card. In addition, a California drivers license or California ID card must be provided.

To be eligible for the program the following is necessary: Proof of vaccination for dogs such as rabies and DA2PPvL + C and for cats, rabies and FVRCP + C administered by a veterinary facility. Animals must be in healthy condition. No dogs over 5 years of age and no cats over 7 years of age. No dogs or cats in advanced stages of pregnancy will be accepted. No cryptorchid dogs or cats will be eligible for the program.

The goal of the program is to increase the large number of unwanted dogs and cats that are euthanized in animal shelters each year. The project provides for California veterinarians to spay or neuter 30,000 dogs and cats in the first year ending June 30, 2002. Fewer litters of puppies and kittens will mean fewer animals in shelter that are not placed in homes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (530) 544-2518 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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