MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - A regional effort to cut down on the number of homeless animals in south Georgia is expanding.
A clinic that offers low-cost spaying and neutering is now serving the Moultrie area.
The ribbon cutting this evening was the ceremonial start of the relationship between Moultrie and the South Georgia Spay and Neuter Clinic.
However the work has already begun. 21 Moultrie dogs and cats were spayed or neutered Wednesday.
According to a Moultrie cat owner, the efforts will help control overpopulation.
"Poor little things are out running around just trying to find a meal," said Steve Weber who owns 4 cats. "But when they make more it stresses the cat out and stresses the community out."
Carol Jones is the executive director of the clinic located in Thomasville.
She says there are three stumbling blocks that keep people from getting their animals spayed and neutered.
One is lack of education on the benefits.
"It will make them stronger," said Jones. "They won't stray as much."
Another is poverty. Jones said some people can't afford the typical cost for spaying and neutering.
"By providing low cost spay and neuter, we're hoping they can."
And lastly some people don't have transportation. The clinic solved that problem by getting this van from the non-profit "Fix Georgia Pets."
They use it to pick up pets in the morning from area shelters like the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society. They take the animals to Thomasville for surgery then have them back home by 5pm.
Their goal is to spay and neuter 40 pets per day.
The drop off morning at the Humane Society in Moultrie is the last Wednesday of every month.
To find out about their services, visit the website here.