An anonymous $15,000 grant to the Humane Society of Delaware County is allowing the organization to offer spay and neuter services to county dog owners for a “co-pay rate of donate what you can afford.”
The donor designated $10,500 for spaying and neutering of dogs more than 40 pounds and $4,500 for dogs under 40 pounds. Dogs eight-weeks and older are eligible.
“We are so fortunate to have received this grant to help us in our mission of preventing overpopulation and promoting healthier pets,” says HSDC grants manager Carol Girberd. “While we cannot name our donor, we are grateful for their dedication in saving lives and reducing the number of unwanted dogs that might otherwise end up in a shelter or abandoned on the road.”
Although HSDC regularly offers a low-cost clinic for dogs, the offer of spaying and neutering for a self-determined donation is unusual, Bay said. Clinic fees normally run $80 for neutering small and medium male dogs and $100 to $150 for neutering large male dogs. Spaying small to medium female dogs normally costs $95 and $115 to $165 for large female dogs.
“We see the need every day to get animals spayed and neutered before they have an unwanted litter,” explains HSDC shelter director Heidi Myers. “This grant will not only help us make a difference, but it will make responsible pet ownership more affordable for those who might not otherwise have the means to do so.”
HSDC will extend the offer to dog owners until funds have been exhausted, said spokesperson Misty Bay.
“There isn’t a time restriction on when people can apply,” she said. “It’s a pretty amazing deal.”
Appointments for spaying or neutering can be made at HSDC’s shelter or online. Additional services such as vaccinations, flea treatments and heartworm tests can also be purchased, though they are not covered by the donation.
“Donate whatever amount your heart and wallet can afford,” adds Myers. “We just want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to become a better pet parent.”
For more information, call HSDC at 740-369-7387. Surgery applications are available at the society’s shelter, 4920 St. Rt. 37 East, or can be found online at www.hsdcohio.org.