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Spay your pet, get a rebate


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 until 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 until March 31.

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 15 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.

Vouchers may be obtained from El Dorado County Animal Control Monday through Friday, including Wednesday evenings. Call (530) 577-1766 for hours.

Mail a copy of the paid, full fee bill to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 for a refund of $10 and $20. For information about ongoing spay-neuter assistance call (530) 577-4521.s

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