COLUMBIA— On Monday, the Central Missouri Humane Society will offer vouchers for one free spaying or neutering to area cat and dog owners.
Pet owners may schedule an appointment when they pick up their voucher, but surgeries will not be performed that day, said Colin LaVaute, shelter relations coordinator. Pets do not need to be present for a voucher.
What: One spaying or neutering voucher available per household
When: From noon to 5 p.m. Monday
Where: Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd.
Who: Free to cat and dog owners
LaVaute said the summer is a busy time for the shelter with many animals being taken in. Because of high animal traffic, the Humane Society wants to encourage the public to become more aware of their pets' health.
“There is a pet overpopulation in Columbia," LaVaute said. "It’s going to take a whole community to solve this problem."
The society offers low-cost spaying and neutering services year round. Sterilization is also a part of the society's fostering and adoption process. Before an animal is adopted, it is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and "microchipped." The microchip helps pet owners locate lost pets more easily.
“Our goal is to alleviate suffering of animals in need, and it can only stop when people start to take responsibility,” LaVaute said.
Vouchers for spaying or neutering are also available to low-income residents of Columbia and Boone County all year through the Animal Control office of the Public Health and Human Services Department, 1005 W. Worley St.