Ten dollars doesn’t go very far these days – once you’ve downed the two grandes, you’re left with a disposable cup. After you’ve watched the previously viewed DVD, it collects dust on a shelf. And a couple of hikes later, the flip-flops collapse to the point where your toes meet the trail! Wouldn’t you rather spend your hard-earned cash on something that will have lifetime benefits for you, your family, your community, and your pet?
On Saturday, February 25, 2012, qualified Forsyth County residents (as based on income levels defined by HUD) will have the opportunity to purchase for $10 a spay/neuter voucher for their dogs and/or cats. The vouchers will be redeemable at the Central Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic (formerly the Forsyth County Spay and Neuter Clinic), 2780 West Mountain Street in Kernersville.
World Spay Day is part of a global effort by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society International to focus on spay/neuter as a proven way to save the lives of companion animals who might otherwise be abandoned or killed. As a result, volunteers from local humane organizations (Forsyth Humane Society, Forsyth Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Solution Spay/Neuter Program, Forsyth County Animal Control, Forgotten Felines of Forsyth, 4 Paws Pet Foundation, Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation, Fur Ever Friends of NC, and the Central Spay, Neuter & Wellness Clinic) have joined forces to form The Forsyth Spay Day Coalition. Veterinary personnel, Spanish interpreters, and spay/neuter supporters will be available at the following eight locations on February 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in order to answer questions and issue vouchers.
Let’s Pet – 3191 Peter’s Creek Parkway, WS, 27127
Pet & Hobby Shop – 3800 Reynolda Road (Old Town Shopping Center) WS, 27106
Forsyth County Animal Control – 5570 Sturmer Park Circle, WS, 27105
Tractor Supply – 1011 Bethania-Rural Hall Road, Rural Hall, 27045
Tractor Supply – 196 Westwood Village Drive, Clemmons, 27012
Enterprise Center – 1922 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, WS, 27107
Country Junction Market – 2412 Old Hollow Road, Walkertown, 27050
Farmers Feed & Seed – 311 N. Main Street, Kernersville, 27284
Please note that this is a CASH ONLY event, and vouchers are available only for pets under 8 years of age. Applicants must provide at the site:
· a current rabies certificate for each pet (or they will be charged an additional $5 fee per pet to administer a rabies vaccine on the day of surgery)
· proof of income in the form of a pay stub, disability check, W2 form, WIC card or bank statement
· proof of Forsyth County residency (driver’s license or other photo ID)
The Forsyth Spay Day Coalition is hoping to distribute 250 vouchers with a limit of three per family. Distribution is on a first come, first-served basis. All funds collected will go toward offsetting surgery and vaccine expenses.
The research to support spay/neuter as being healthier for a pet is overwhelming. Altering a pet decreases aggression, reduces the odds of it developing certain cancers, and diminishes a pet’s desire to roam into situations where it could be injured by traffic or wildlife. In addition, spaying is less costly (both monetarily and emotionally) than caring for a pregnant female and her offspring, and unaltered males often require expensive veterinary care after fighting over a female in estrus. Most importantly, spaying or neutering prevents an animal from reproducing, which is healthier for society.
“The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.” – The American Veterinary Medical Association
Representatives from Unchain Forsyth will also be available at selected sites to educate dog owners about a recent amendment to Forsyth County’s animal-control ordinances. The new law, which goes into effect in 2013, places limitations on chaining as a means of confinement. “The practice (of chaining or tethering dogs) is both inhumane and a threat to the safety of the confined dog, other animals, and humans.” (The Chaining and Tethering of Dogs, Humane Society of the United States). Unchain Forsyth is dedicated to assisting low income families with modest, yet safe, fencing.
For more information, call Susan Doran, Education Program Coordinator, Forsyth Humane Society, at 336-721-1303, ext. 103.
4 Paws Pet Foundation (http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NC151.htm)
American Humane Association (http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/spaying-neutering.html)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx)
American Veterinary Medical Association (http://www.avma.org/default.asp)
Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF) (www.aarfanimals.org/)
Central Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic (www.aarfanimals.org/)
Coalition to Unchain Dogs (www.unchaindogs.net)
Dogs Deserve Better (www.dogsdeservebetter.org)
Forgotten Felines of Forsyth (www.forgottenfelinesofforsyth.org/)
Forsyth County Animal Control (http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/AnimalControl/)
Forsyth Humane Society (www.forsythhumane.org/)
Fur-ever Friends (http://www.fureverfriendsnc.org/)
Humane Society International (www.hsi.org/)
Humane Society of the United States (www.humanesociety.org/)
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (http://www.hsvma.org/)
Humane Solution Spay/Neuter Program (www.humanesolution.org/)
North Shore Animal League, Spay USA (http://www.spayusa.org/main_directory/02-facts_and_education/benefits_sn.asp)
Unchain Forsyth (http://www.fureverfriendsnc.org/2010/04/unchain-forsyth-dogs-fence-fund/)