More cash available for spay and neuter program

KINGMAN - Mohave County Animal Control Shelter will be beefing up its spay and neuter program by doubling the value of its vouchers for the procedures to $30.

Grant money that was made available to the shelter through the state sale of "Arizona friendly spay and neuter" license plates enabled animal control to increase its budget for offering price reductions to the public.

According to Lane Plunkett, Animal Control operations director, the program, which is accepted by most veterinarians in the area, seeks to reduce the animal overpopulation by encouraging residents to spay and neuter their companion pets.

"We all - citizens, animal organizations, veterinarians, and animal control - would like to end the pet over population and the euthanasia of companion pets," Plunkett said.

To this end, animal control is able to increase what is normally offered from $15 to $30 through Aug. 31.

The vouchers should be picked up before then, however, to enable people to get their pets to the vet before the voucher expires.

Animal control takes in approximately 8,000 cats and dogs each year countywide. About 72 percent of these were euthanized in 2006, according to information from animal control.

With every pet that is spayed or neutered, there is hope for reducing this overpopulation, Plunkett said.

Since he began working for animal control in 1988, Plunkett said the number of animals taken in has risen at least 100 percent.

"We're trying to curb this epidemic," he said.

Vouchers can be obtained at the animal control shelter at 950 Buchanan St. For more information, contact animal control at 753-2727.