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Voucher program a 'SNAP'

June 20, 2012
Did you know that spaying or neutering dogs and cats can increase their lifespan, make them less aggressive and less likely to roam? In addition, it also prevents unwanted litters from making an untimely appearance.

The Crawford County Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) is a new county government program funded by the Crawford County Board of Commissioners and County Council to help alleviate some of the costs associated with spaying and neutering pets.

This volunteer-based program will provide vouchers that can be presented to veterinarians when having a pet spayed or neutered. Vouchers are worth $35 for each dog or $20 for each cat and include a rabies vaccination.

"It's important for cats to have rabies shots, too, not just dogs," Tanya Tuell, program director, said, noting that it is a safety precaution for the community and other animals.

By using the provided vouchers, the out-of-pocket cost of spaying and neutering plus a rabies shot may be cut down to $15 for male cats and $25 for females, while dogs may cost as little as $20 for males and $30 for females. However, the actual cost is dependent on the veterinarian used.

"They can use the voucher at any vet they want," Tuell said. "But they should shop around for the best price because all veterinarians charge different amounts."

The amount of the voucher will then be deducted from the total cost of surgery.

"We want to stress the importance of getting males spayed because they are responsible for more than 50 percent of the overpopulation," Tuell said.

Each household is allowed to utilize two vouchers, and the pet owner must reside in Crawford County.

Additional assistance may be available to persons who have more than two pets in need of spay or neuter or who are unable to pay for services even with a voucher.

Tuell noted that spaying or neutering a pet is considered rescue work because it limits the number of unwanted and uncared for pets that pass through the system.

"Dogs and cats reproduce so fast that just spaying or neutering one animal makes a difference," she said.

Tuell also reminded pet owners to provide shade and plenty of cool clean water for both dogs and cats during hot summer weather.

In addition, she said the SNAP program is looking for volunteers.

For more information on how to become a volunteer or to obtain a voucher, call at 1-812-969-2615, e-mail CrawfordCountySNAP@gmail.com or visit the Crawford County SNAP Facebook page.

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    Way to go Crawford County!
    June 27, 2012 | 09:41 AM

    You should be applauded for implementing this program. It's a huge step forward.

    Connie Goodwin
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