Clay County residents have many options for spay and neuter services.
During tough economic times, Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc. (SNSI), is looking to help by offering an opportunity to spay or neuter pets at a discounted rate.
Through the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), low-income families can apply to have their pet spayed or neutered for $20.
"I have been referring people to the program for the past couple of months," Chrystll Owens, owner of Clay County Animal Rescue Inc., told The Brazil Times. "It helps low-income families, along with the elderly, to spay and neuter their pets to stop overpopulation."
Other considerations will be taken into determining the qualification of an applicant including:
* Number of household members currently unemployed,
* If the pet owner is a full-time student,
* Critical bills and expenses such as medical, student loans and military leave, and
* If the pet owner is also receiving other forms of public assistance such as Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, etc.
A $20 money order -- payable to SNSI -- must also be included when sending in the application, in which notices of the acceptance or denial should come within two weeks.
If approved, the pet owner will receive a SNAP certificate, which is valid for three months, and a list of participating veterinarians. If the application is not approved, the $20 will be refunded.
"There is no limit to the number of animals an individual can receive assistance for," a secretary for Royer Veterinary Services, Worthington, which is one of the participating clinics, said. "However, appointments must be made and in many cases, an extra fee is required for the necessary rabies shot."
Spay and neuter service times and dates vary by veterinary office and the cost of the rabies shot may vary as well.
However, Owens said for the price, it is a deal which cannot be passed up.
"It is a really good deal for pet owners who may be feeling a financial pinch right now," she said. "It is also crucial in battling the overpopulation problem because it is a 7-1 ratio of animals to people in Brazil alone."
Owens also told The Brazil Times she is planning to start her own spay-neuter service at her animal rescue, 763 S. State Road 59, Center Point, late in the summer.
"I am currently applying for a grant to be able to provide the service free of charge," Owens said. "However, the service will be available to Brazil residents only and we encourage people to contribute a small donation, which will go toward purchasing supplies to keep the clinic a free option."
These are also not the only options Clay County residents have to spay or neuter their pets.
The Clay County Humane Society, 8280 North County Road 125 West, Brazil, continues to offer its spay-neuter clinic every Friday.
Cost for the humane society's clinic is $56 for cats and $61 for dogs.
For each of the clinics, appointments are required and times for the drop off and pickup of pets vary by location.
SNAP applications may be picked up at Brazil City Hall or online at www.spayneuterservices.org/programs.htm.
To qualify for SNAP, certain income requirements must be met for consideration. The following table outlines those guidelines:
|No. in household||Max. Gross Annual Income|
Note: For each additional person in the household, add $7,480.