We made history this month by performing the first ever spay-neuter surgeries at the Allegan County Animal Shelter.
Over the past year we have accumulated equipment for our surgery room through generous donations from the Humane Society of Huron Valley, and a $10,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture Companion Animal Welfare Fund. The final piece of the puzzle was put in place with an working agreement with Dr. Lisa Applegate of Lawton MI. Each Monday Dr. Applegate performs clinical rounds of our resident animals then performs spay or neuter surgeries.
The first “shake down” surgeries were completed Monday, June 4 when two male cats were neutered and two female cats were spayed. That was stepped up on Monday June 11 when three female cats were spayed and seven male cats neutered. Beginning
Monday June 18, we will begin spay-neuter for dogs.
Our goal is spay and neuter all adoptable cats and dogs prior to leaving the shelter. Historically adopters were required to sign a Spay-Neuter Contract and prepay for the procedure with a veterinarian of their choice. It was a cumbersome process and hindered adoptions, it was also difficult and time consuming to confirm the surgery was actually performed. Prepaying a $130 neuter surgery was small potatoes to someone intent on breeding their dog for a profit. By altering the cat or dog prior to leaving the shelter, we are ensuring that pet will never reproduce and add to the county’s over population problem.
The service provides tremendous value to the adopter. We expect the new adoption fees will be $130 for dogs and $95 for cats. That includes all vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, rabies vaccination, a microchip, license, and spay or neuter. The value of those services if done separately would be well in excess of $200.
Step by step we’re making a difference at the Allegan County Animal Shelter.