Humane Society offers sterilization and sterilization coupons to reduce overcrowding – The Daily Evergreen

The Whitman County Humane Society has 40 puppies from accidental litters and hopes to fix the feral cat colony this spring

Over the past three months, the Whitman County Humane Society has cared for nearly 40 puppies.

All were accidental litters or dogs that were thrown out because they were never fixed, said WCHS foster program coordinator Jayden Marie (she/they).

Even if someone’s pet never sees another animal, they still need to be cared for. A variety of behavioral issues, training issues and health issues can be resolved by having them spayed or neutered, Marie said.

In Moscow there is a colony of wild cats with more than 20 cats. All these cats have wounds. The WCHS is working to fix them this spring, they said.

WCHS has a Spay Neuter Assistance Program for anyone who lives in Whitman County. Qualified people can pick up a coupon for a spaying or neutering procedure which they can then take to a veterinarian, Marie said.

If anyone is interested, the first step is for them to make an appointment with the WCHS by calling 509-332-2422. At the appointment, the person seeking the coupon will complete a survey to see if they qualify, Marie said.

“I’ve never turned anyone down,” she said.

If approved, the person can get a coupon for $22.50 for cat neuters, $40 for cat neuters, $45 for dog neuters, and $50 for dog neuters. The coupon is active for 30 days and each household is entitled to three coupons each year, depending on the WCHS website.

Money for the SNAP program comes from grants, private donations and WCHS fundraising, according to the website.

The cost of a spaying surgery largely depends on the clinic. Going to a small clinic might cost $100, while going to a place like WSU might cost around $500. Marie recommends pet owners think about what’s most important to them when choosing where to take their pet.

“Do you want the best quality possible and do you want to spend more money, or do you want a really cheap product that won’t be the best you’ve ever had?” said Mary.

Dr. Cassidy Cordon, Clinical Instructor in Community Practice at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, often receives questions about when an animal should be neutered. Shelters focus on population control, which means they might want to spay at four to five months of age. The VTH plans to do this at one to two years for the animal’s bone health, and so the animal can get the hormones it needs. It all depends on where the pet owner is going.

Unneutered animals are not just a local problem. There is an overpopulation of dogs and cats in the United States, which makes spaying animals important to reduce the number of animals in shelters and on the streets, Marie said.

The first step in the sterilization procedure is anesthesia. A shelter or lower-cost facility might use an injectable version of an anesthetic, while a place like the VTH uses an inhaled anesthetic. It depends on what the clinic prefers, Cordon said.

After the animal has received anesthesia, an incision is made in the abdomen. The ovary and uterus are then removed, she said.

After the procedure is complete, the animals often spend the night in the hospital, Cordon said. From there, they return home the next day. The goal is for the animal to rest for the next two weeks while the incision heals.

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