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Assistance available for spay-neuter

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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.


Income guidelines

To qualify for SNAP, certain income requirements must be met for consideration. The following table outlines those guidelines:

No. in householdMax. Gross Annual Income
1-2$29,040
3$36,520
4$44,000
5$51,480
6$58,960

Note: For each additional person in the household, add $7,480.


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Note of caution to those having their pet neutered.

Even though the law requires them to be immunized for rabies, also make sure that they are current on distemper and parvo before taking them in for the surgery. Either of these diseases can be lethal to an animal. The virus is just about everywhere and all it takes is the stress of surgery or even being put into a cage for a short time at a clinic. Many blame the vet when their pet comes home from being neutered and then gets parvo/distemper but the fact is that it was probably lurking and the lowering of natural immunity due to stress was all it needed to take over and make animal sick. This is not an immunization to ignore just because it's not required by law. Rabies is required because of the impact it may have on the human population. If you are worried however about the risk to your pet, the other immunizations are far more important. Don't take the chance just to save a few bucks. It's an insurance policy that's well worth the price as death or HUGE vet bills or BOTH can very realistically occur if the pet gets one of these diseases. Personally I would have my pet immunized a few weeks to a month BEFORE their surgery just to make sure that it has had enough time to take affect.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 6:39 AM

HELLO, FIRST OF ALL I DO WANT TO SAY,THAT I LOVE ANIMALS OF ALL KINDS.. I LOST MY CAT , MY BABY (TINY) SHE WAS SEVETEEN YEARS OLD.. IN THEIR LIFE SHE WAS AROUND WHAT 119.. WE TAKE REAL GOOD OUR PETS.. WE HAVE A CEMETERY IN OUR BACK YARD FOR ALL OUR ANIMAILS WHO PASS AWAY, PLUS MY KIDS ANIMALS TOO .. ITS FIXED UP REALLY NICE.BACK THERE.. THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY BUT THEY ARE ARE FAMILY.. WELL MY POINT IS I GUESS ... AND I REALLY DONT KNOW HOW TO WORD IT. BUT THE TRUTH IS. BACK IN JAN THIS CERTIAN PERSON TOOK MY SONS DOG OFF THE LEASH. FIRST LET ME BACK UP SADATED MY SONS DOG THEN TOOK HIM OFF THE LEASH THROUGH HIM IN BACK OF THIS VAN TOOK HIM STRAIGHT TO THE PLACE AND PUT HIM DOWN YEP FOR NO REASON. WHATS SO EVER .. WITHIN TEN MINS YEP AND YO ALL MAY FIND IT HARD TO BELEIVE BUT ITS THE GODS TRUTH. WE DIDNT EVEN GET HIS ASHES .... THIS HURTS ME SO BAD.. I REALLY CANT SEE HOW THIS PLACE COULD CARE ABOUT ANIMALS ..I REALLY DONT I AM SORRY,, I LOVE PEOPLE I LOVE ANIMALS I GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF MY BACK .BUT I CANT AND WONT SUPPORT THIS.

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 11:57 AM

This from the people that will let there dog lay there and starve to death in the open where every one can see it. I drive by the house everyday going to work and there is a poorly looking pit there everyday. all the drama comes from the people that can not take care of their own animals,

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 1:18 PM

Oh krystalanello get over your self she is not in court and will not be they was in the right if you would go by the laws set in the town like all of us do what happen would not have. you think your special and do not have to follow laws NOTTTTTTTTT

everyone does lady and your no different. So stop the drama and get on with life. You are always so negative about everything.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 1:24 PM

READERS,, LISTEN I AM THE ONE THAT WROTE THE ARTICLE , ABOUT NOT SUPPORTING THE RESCUE CENTER.. ANYONE BUT THEM..REALLY AND TRULY NO BODY REALLY KNOWS THE WHOLE STORY.YOU REALLY DONT, AND I AM SURE YOU ALL DONT CARE .. UNLESS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU ALL. WE ARE WRITING AND SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT THE PIT OUTSIDE THAT LOOKS LIKE SHE STARVING TO DEATH.. HIS NAME IS DUKE... HES MY SONS DOG .. HE IS WAS 17 YEARS OLD APRIL 10TH . ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO HE HAD A STROKE.. YES HE SURE DOES LOOK BAD ,, I WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU.. BUT HES NOT IN ANY PAIN I MYSELF COME BY AND FEED HIM 2 TIMES ADAY PLUS GIVE EACH ONE OF THE DOGS 2 VITAMINS ADAY AND FOOD AND WATER.. POOR DUKEY BLESS HIS HEART.. HES OLD GUYS.. SO I AM TRYING BY BEST TO KEEP HIM UP AND GOING TILL MY SON COMES HOME .. WE LOVE THAT DOG SO MUCH , YA I HATE TO SEE HIM LOOK LIKE THAT BUT HE HAS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM EXCEPT AGE ,, . HES 119 YEARS OLD .. AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO TAKE CARE OF HIM AND THHE OTHERS.. DUKE IS MY FAMILY HES MY SONS AND I WILL,,DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP HIM GOING,,.. YOU KNOW WE WILL NEVER LIVE TO SEE 119.. SO 119 WE HAD TO BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT HUH , THINK ABOUT IT.. SO YOU ALL AS THE SANE GOES .. DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.. AND PLEASE DONT BE MEAN.. HE CANT HELP THE WAY HE LOOKS ..AND I ASSURE YOU ALL I AM TAKING GOOD CARE OF DUKEY.. SO BE NICE.. AND YES WE GOT PAPERS SHOWING HES HEALTHY EXCEPT OLD .. THATS SOMETHING WE ALL HAVE TO FACE .. GETTING OLD SO PLEASE.. DONT BE MEAN ,, AND THIS WAS ABOUT THE DOG THEY PUT DOWN FOR NO REASON.. NOT DUKE THATS A DIFFERENT STORY.. YOU ALL SEE THANK YOU ALL

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 4:27 PM


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