To help lower the numbers of stray cats and dogs throughout the county, the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, Rascal Unit and Spay Neuter Assistance Program of Northeast Ohio are providing low-cost feline and dog sterilization services at participating locations throughout the area.
To sterilize a pet, it can get pretty pricey, pretty quickly. The average cost of cat and dog spay or neuter starts around $100 and can climb up into the hundreds of dollars, but it’s an important issue every owner should keep in mind during the purchase of a new pet.
“Spay and neutering your pets would help with wandering animals,” Lindsey Lewis, TCHS shelter director said. “The number one problem in this area with strays is overpopulation, especially for cats.”
Once every two or three months, TCHS sponsors a visit from the mobile Rascal Unit out of Dublin, Ohio, to provide sterilization for pets at reduced prices.
The Rascal Unit is equipped with a surgical table, anesthesia machine, and any other medical devices and supplies needed to perform pet sterilization. During their visit they perform up to 30 surgeries, and are also able to provide vaccinations.
To be eligible, the client must be a resident and pay a $35 deposit to set the appointment. This service is not income-based and appointment slots tend to fill quickly.
The next Rascal Unit will visit March 12, and TCHS will begin taking appointments in February.
“If someone is looking to buy a pet, they need to look into everything that comes with that,” Lewis said. “That’s why rescuing through the humane society is nice because the animals are already neutered or spayed before they are adopted.”
To find more information on prices, other TCHS programs or how to adopt a shelter animal, visit its website www.tuschumanesocitey.com or call 330-343-6060.
If you miss your chance to book an appointment with the Rascal Unit, there are still other opportunities to spay or neuter your pets at a lower cost.
SNAP NE Ohio is an income-based program, but it provides the same type of low-cost sterilization for both dogs and cats. Each client will need to provide proof of eligibility to receive the reduced price of the services.
For feline services, the cost is $50 to spay and $40 to neuter and the owner must provide a copy of shot records. To use SNAP, contact one of the following four veterinarians: Soehnlen Veterinary Clinic in Navarre, 330-484-5297; Red Star Veterinary Clinic in East Canton, 330-871-8013; Hometown Veterinary Services in Canton, 330-305-6500; or Minerva Veterinary Clinic in Minerva, 330-863-6740.
The owner will need to get the paperwork filled out and bring it with them on the day of the surgery. The SNAP discount will not be applied if the paperwork is missing on the day of the surgery.
Shots are available at the time of the surgery for an extra fee, and clients may have an additional charge for a cat that is pregnant or in heat.
For dog services, contact Dr. David Soehnlen in Navarre, 330-484-7898.
Size of the animal determines the price of the procedure. Female dogs from 1 to 100 pounds will cost between $55 and $90, and male dogs from 1 to 100 pounds cost between $45 through $85.
“It’s really important for everyone to spay and neuter because they think, ‘I keep my dog inside, so it can never happen,’ but it can get loose and then there can be an accidental litter,” Madi Vanfossen, kennel tech at TCHS said. “A lot of people don’t think about it, but it happens more than what you would think.”