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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Humane Societies and veterinarians nationwide are teaming up to reduce animal overpopulation. The Spay USA program provides discounts on spaying or neutering cats and dogs.
Every day, more than 70,000 cats and dogs are born in the United States. For some, they become the pets of loving caretakers. But for most, they die in the wild or are euthanized at animal shelters.
"When you do not regulate the number that you breed or the numbers of animals that reproduce, it's often to their own demise," says Executive Director of the Thomasville Humane Society, Joyce Patterson.
So Humane Societies and veterinarians across the country are coming together to provide deep discounts on spaying and neutering for cats and dogs. The annual Spay USA event is held every February.
"Going into the spring, it's a huge time for animals to reproduce," continued Patterson. "So if we can catch them before they're having babies, that's a good thing."
Every vet in Thomasville is participating in the event. During the promotion individuals can save up to $200 off the cost their pet's surgery. Thomasville's Humane Society says it's extremely important to have your animal fixed.
"A large percentage of what we get are litters because an animal is not fixed," says Walter Maseda, the Thomasville Humane Society's Education Coordinator. "You'll have four or five litters come in at a time. And we can get seven, eight, nine dogs in a single litter."
According to statistics, employees say that of the five puppies in this litter, only one will be adopted. As for the rest, their futures remain unclear.
"There's just not enough homes for all of them right now," continued Maseda. "I wish every family could come in and select just one animal and spay, neuter, care for it and love it."
Just one look at any of the animals here, and you know he's not the only one with that wish.
If you'd like to take advantage of the Spay USA discounts, call your local Humane Society to see if they're participating.
The cost is $70 for dogs and $50 for cats. The discounted prices are good until the end of the month.