RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Help for central Virginia pet owners in need. To help ease the strain in this tough economy - Richmond Animal League is now offering vouchers for free spay and neuter surgeries for low-income or unemployed residents.
Spay and neuter surgeries are the best way to control the homeless animal population. That's why Richmond Animal League wants to make sure every pet owner has access.
"Especially in this time, we don't want to let it lag, we want to make sure people are still getting their pets spayed and neutered," said Susan Kelly, Director of Development for Richmond Animal League.
Kelly tells us that thanks to a grant from the Build a Bear Foundation, they are now able to offer vouchers for free spay and neuter surgeries to certain residents. The idea came after Richmond Animal League worked with several local vets to offer several free spay and neuter clinics.
"We saw that the free spay neuter days filled up really, really quickly and we were often overbooked, so we thought the voucher system was a good way of allowing lots of pet owners to be able to get this done," said Kelly.
Prevent a Litter in Carytown will be providing the surgeries to qualifying pet owners in Richmond and any surrounding counties.
To qualify - you must be on some type of government assistance or receive unemployment. You can be a full-time college student or make less than $30,000 a year. For some in this economy - a free surgery might be the only option.
"It's a really, really wonderful thing to be able to give these people especially in such a harsh economic time. It's really important. I mean you can go to an area vet and if you are paying full price, the surgery can cost hundreds of dollars, and that's not something a lot of people have right now," Kelly said.
The voucher system also allows pet owners the convenience of getting their dog or cat spayed and neutered at a time that works for them, rather than having to plan to do it on a certain day.
For more information about these surgery vouchers, you can contact the Richmond Animal League. That number is 379-0046.