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CPPI joins MCAR to fight pet overpopulation

Free spay, neuter program for low-income citizens offered

SPRUCE PINE – Mitchell County Animal Rescue has been packed to capacity and beyond, with a waiting list for people to bring in more – and the dogs and cats keep coming, seemingly without end. The unwanted pet population in Mitchell County has exploded, and the No. 1 remedy for this situation is for every pet owner to spay or neuter their pets.

To help fight this problem at the source, MCAR offers both a low-cost spay and neuter program as well as a free spay and neuter program for low-income residents through its Community Cares Spay and Neuter Fund. But the free program can only operate when special grant money is available. That is where a new partnership with the Community Partnership for Pets Inc, or CPPI, comes in. The CPPI understands the plight in Mitchell County and made a substantial investment to spay and neuter the pets of qualifying low-income citizens free of charge. This type of commitment is the only way to stop the endless flow of unwanted animals pouring into the shelter.

Community Partnership for Pets was started in 2005 in Henderson County with a passion for doing anything and everything possible to reduce the suffering of unwanted dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Their research showed to save them, they had to stop the daily birth of unwanted puppies and kittens, and they had to keep dogs, puppies, cats and kittens already living in loving homes in the community out of the shelter. Spay and neuter programs are at the core of what they do, and they are excited to support the efforts of MCAR in Mitchell County.  

“Bringing free spay and neuter to Mitchell County citizens is the best thing we can do to reduce the number of unwanted animals filling up our shelter each summer,” said Pam Cote, MCAR director. “We owe a debt of gratitude to CPPI for making this happen.”

Not only will qualifying citizens receive spay and neuter surgery for all of their pets, but also rabies shots and vaccinations will be provided free if needed. To qualify, one must be a resident of Mitchell County from a low-income household, such as Medicaid recipients, participants in DHS or DSS programs, or recipients of welfare, food stamps, WIC or other assistance programs. Funding is limited. 

Call MCAR at 828-765-6952 to determine eligibility and to schedule your appointment. Surgeries are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday. Residents who don’t qualify for this program can still count on MCAR to help keep spay and neuter costs low for everyone through the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program – male cat surgery costs $43 and female cats and dog surgery costs $60. 

“By spaying or neutering pets, you will help them live a longer, healthier life,” Cote 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.”

The MItchell News

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