“Fluffy” might not take this as good news, but the local animal shelter hopes a semi-anonymous donation will lead to more cats being neutered.
The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter (MOAS) will offer the procedure at a dirt-cheap rate Oct. 7 to economically disadvantaged pet owners, thanks to a $2,500 contribution from a person who wished to be identified only by her first name, Ann.
“That’s why we’re just calling this Ann’s Day,” MOAS director Susan Fornash said.
With the money, the shelter is offering $10 neutering to those who sign up and meet certain financial criteria. There’s an additional $10 fee for vaccines.
The service is based on these gross income levels: one-person household — $21,660/yearly/$1,805 monthly; two-person household — $29,140 yearly/$2,428 monthly; three-person household — $36,620 yearly/$3,053 monthly; four-person household — $44,100 yearly/$3,675 monthly; five-person household — $51,580 yearly/$4,298 monthly; six-person household — $59,060 yearly/$4,922 monthly.
A W2 or paycheck stub will suffice as proof of income. There’s a two cat per household limit.
At $10, the price is well below the shelter’s usual rate for the procedure ($30) and far below what veterinary offices charge. Fornash plans to offer low-cost neutering procedures for dogs at a later date.
“We just kind of wanted to start with the cats and see how it went,” she explained.
A day for spays is another possibility, but that depends on how much funding MOAS has left from the donation.
Fornash described Ann as “a very kind animal lover who wanted to do what she could do to help.” Ann specified that her money go toward spaying and neutering, and Fornash and staff decided the money should aid financially-strapped pet owners.
“We want it to reach the people who truly otherwise couldn’t afford it,” Fornash said.
The shelter continues to preach the message that owners spay and neuter their pets to control the over population because the over population is what MOAS sees dropped off at its doorstep.
MOAS has taken in over 1,500 animals this year. Over 600 cats and dogs were housed between June and July.
“You can imagine out of that what we could not keep,” Fornash said. “Because there’s no place to put them.”
Only about one in three animals ends up finding a new home.
While neutering will help control the population, the procedure means a lot less headaches for pet owners, too, Fornash said.
Neutered cats demonstrate less aggression and don’t spray to mark territory. A male cat that’s not intact is also less subject to develop prostate cancer.
“They’re healthier cats when they’ve been either spayed or neutered,” Fornash said.
There’s still plenty of slots for cat owners who qualify to sign up for “Ann’s Day.” The shelter will take appointments up until the day before “Ann’s Day” — as long as there’s enough time to perform them all safely.
“There’s just a million reasons why people should do this,” Fornash said.
Owners may drop cats off for the procedure, but must pick them up that day. Those interested in “Ann’s Day” can call the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter at 706-795-2868.
It is good to see something good going on at the shelter. Thanks Ann.? Now that the shelter has had someone to try and help, when is the shelter going to do something? One never hears about or sees any pleas, events or anything to help adopt out the animals there. I see that it is mentioned in a round-about way, how many are put down because of no room. I wonder how many are adopted and saved. Who is the shelter for and why?