Animal Society launches effort to thwart spring litters

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014

With spring finally upon us, Charleston Animal Society is leading the community in quelling one of the unpleasant traditions of the season – litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.

This time of year unaltered females go into heat, resulting in large amounts of young animals that are often difficult to get rid of.

Most often, they wind up at Charleston Animal Society, which takes in more than 90 percent of Charleston’s unwanted animals.

In an attempt to combat this, Charleston Animal Society is offering special discounts on spay/neuter surgeries to encourage the public to bring in their animals for this important procedure. One promotion is known as “Tom Cat Wednesdays,” during which “tom” (male) cats will be neutered for the discounted rate of $25. The organization will also feature a “Young Animal Program” (YAP) in which cats and dogs of both genders can be altered for $50.

To qualify for the YAP, animals must be six months or younger; these may be booked on any day of the week when veterinary staff is performing public surgeries.

“Spring is a great time to get a head start on unwanted litters,” says Charleston Animal Society’s Director of Public Health and Spay/Neuter Initiatives, Dr. Lucy Fuller.

“Normally, this time of year we are starting to experience a great influx of kittens and puppies at the shelter,” Fuller adds. “We have not hit that point yet, probably due to the unusually cold winter we had. I have no doubt though, we will start to see them coming in in droves very soon.”

Dr. Fuller also encourages pet owners who do not qualify for either of these two promotions to call or email Charleston Animal Society to inquire about other discounts available on spay/neuter surgeries.

“The most important thing is to make sure your pet has the surgery, whether with us or with your personal veterinarian,” she says.

For more information on Charleston Animal Society’s spay/neuter programs or other services or to schedule an appointment for your pet or pets, please call the society at 843-747-4849 or email sneuterclinic@charlestonanimalsociety.org.

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