February is National Spay Neuter Month

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February is nationally recognized as “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” and February 27 we will observe World Spay Day.

The purpose is to encourage people to have their pets sterilized before the spring and summer months when there is a rampant overproduction of puppies and kittens. During that time Lee County Humane Society, and most animal shelters, experience a dramatic increase in animal intake. At LCHS, we’re already beginning to see new litters of animals come in, as the weather gets warmer. Spay/neutering helps to decrease those numbers and saves pets’ lives. In the U.S. an estimated eight to ten million homeless animals enter shelters every year. Tragically nearly half of those animals are euthanized, because there simply aren’t enough people able or willing to adopt them all. Healthy, sweet animals who would have made wonderful companions. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, one hundred percent effective method of preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

In Lee County we’re working hard to reduce the number of unwanted animals who enter our shelters. We work daily to encourage all pet owners to make sure their pets aren’t adding to the excess pet population by encouraging everyone to have their companion animals spayed and neutered. The Lee County Commission, and the Auburn, Opelika and Smith’s Station City councils have teamed together to create the Lee County Spay and Neuter your Pets (SNYP) program. SNYP is designed to help members of our community who couldn’t otherwise afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. To encourage use of this program the East Alabama Foodbank has become a partner to help provide info on SNYP to eligible citizens, and LCHS has begun accepting applications during normal business hours, in addition to The Animal Health Center in Opelika and the Opelika Animal Hospital, for those who would like for their animals to benefit from the program. If you’re interested in more information on SNYP eligibility requirements please call the shelter at 334-821-3222, email lchs1140@leecountyhumane.org, or visit leecountyhumane.org/snyp-program

Weekly Wish: You can participate in National Spay Neuter Month and Spay Day by sponsoring a pet’s spay/neuter surgery by donating to LCHS’s Spay and Neuter fund, or by volunteering to help accept SNYP applications.