Warren County Animal Ark has partnered with Community Partnership for Pets, Inc. since 2017 to offer spay/neuter programs to assist Warren County pet owners and to reduce the number of dogs and cats that end up in the local animal shelter.
The partnership came about because North Carolina animal shelters continually have more dogs and cats than they do homes for them or rescue groups to take them.
Community Partnership for Pets was started in 2005 in Henderson County with a focus on reducing the suffering and euthanasia of unwanted dogs, puppies, cats and kittens by working to stop the daily birth of unwanted puppies and kittens, and keep pets already living in loving homes out of animal shelters.
Warren County Animal Control/Animal Ark Director Dani Bowen said that the partnership with CPPI is making a difference.
“Having the additional funding from CPPI to offer Warren County residents access to more affordable spay/neuter for their pets is the best thing we can do to reduce the number of unwanted animals filling up our shelter throughout the year,” she said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to CPPI for making this happen.”
There are two programs available at this time. To qualify for free spay/neuter surgery, pet owners must be residents of Warren County and from a low-income household, such as Medicaid recipients, participants in department of social services programs, or recipients of welfare, food stamps, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or other assistance programs. Other Warren County residents may be eligible to have their pets spayed or neutered at a reduced rate.
“Not only does spaying or neutering reduce the number of animals coming into the shelter, it also helps your pets live a longer, healthier life,” Bowen said. “Spaying female pets helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering your pet prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. It may also help them to be better behaved by helping to stop some aggression problems, roaming problems and territory marking issues.”
For more information, contact Warren County Animal Ark at 252-257-6137.
For more information about CPPI, visit communitypartnershipforpets.org.