People who need to get a dog spayed or neutered but can't afford the surgery can get help from the Blue Mountain Humane Society, which has a grant-funded voucher system that offers discounts.
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WALLA WALLA — It’s the dog days of summer at Blue Mountain Humane Society. The dogs just don’t know it yet.
Since 2008, the organization has found success with its trap, neuter and return program for stray, feral and free-roaming felines. In collaboration with the local Cat Management Coalition, the number of cats coming into the shelter has been snipped almost in half, said Sara Archer, executive director of the humane society.
Now it’s the canines’ turn, through a voucher system for spay and neuter assistance for owned dogs, she said.
The focus will be on low-income dog owners who may not be able to afford a veterinarian bill to get their pet fixed. The vouchers will be distributed through Helpline and Commitment to Community social-service agencies, she said.
“We recognize our partners are already doing a great job and can get those vouchers to the right people who need them.”
Every veterinarian from Dayton to Milton-Freewater has agreed to participate in the effort, she added.
The price of fixing dogs in the Walla Walla Valley ranges from $150 to $300, depending on sex and weight of the animal.
The vouchers drop costs by $100 off spay and $75 off neuter procedures.
“We encourage people to call around and get the best prices,” Archer said.
People want to do the right thing, overall, and get fix their dogs, the director said. “They don’t want unplanned litters of puppies. But anyone who picks up a free puppy, they are not considering the cost of care for that pet.”
Sheila Hagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8322.