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Prescott Animal Control Awarded Grant For Spay/Neuter Program

Friday, February 29, 2008

According to Ryan Smith, Community Planner for the City of Prescott, The Prescott Animal Control Center spay and neuter operations will be partially funded by a $5000 grant awarded by the AZ Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Committee.

The funds, authorized through the sale of Arizona's new "pet-friendly" license plate, are used toward a program seeking to reduce the pet population by offering low cost sterilization of dogs & cats.

"The goal of the program is to reduce the number of animals that enter the shelter through unwanted or irresponsible breeding," explained Smith. "By reducing unintentional breeding, the number of unwanted pets is reduced."

The Animal Shelter is an impound facility operated by the City of Prescott. They accept animals from the City of Prescott, the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County, and the nearby Town of Prescott Valley. Smith added, "The shelter provides for capture, care, owner notification and/or adoption of stray domestic dogs. Welcome volunteers assist with routine duties around the shelter by walking and interacting with the dogs."

To reduce the overall pet population, animals are sterilized by private veterinarian facilities through the use of subsidized vouchers. Some adopted animals are sterilized by veterinarians employed by the Yavapai Humane Society before they are released.

"All vouchers shall contain the wording, "This program subsidized by sales of the 'Pet friendly License Plate,'" said Smith. "The City may offer low or no cost sterilizations, possibly once a year, under the guidance of the Humane Society."

The implementation of a low-cost spay and neuter program is designed to entice those who may hesitate to sterilize their pets due to cost, or who may be borderline in their decision. Anyone who wants to adopt an animal from the shelter may receive a reduced adoption fee. The intent is to provide adopted pets at a reduced price or to spay or neuter an existing pet for a reduced fee.

Smith explained that The City of Prescott is working with local animal groups with the common goal of reducing unwanted pets. "No More Homeless Pets, Yavapai County (NMHP) is a five year plan of education, spay/neuter and Adoption Events with a goal of No More Homeless Pets by 2010. This includes a low-cost certificate program sponsored by United Animal Friends using local vets and mobile clinics."

To become a volunteer, contact the City of Prescott Human Resources Department at 928-777-1347. To order a pet-friendly license plate, visit the Service Arizona website and click on "Personalized/Specialized Plates", or call the ADOT Motor Vehicles Division at 800-251-5866.