LUMBERTON — Dog and cat owners can have their pets spayed and neutered at a discounted price beginning Monday and continuing through March 18.
The Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s SNIP program works to reduce the population of stray and unwanted pets in Robeson County. The discount program is offered twice a year.
“It’s also about the people,” said Dr. David Brooks, a veterinarian at Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, which will participate in the event.
People who bring in their pets will also be offered information about how to prevent the spread of diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and rabies, from animals to people, he said.
All pet owners qualify for the discount regardless of income, and the owner doesn’t have to live in Robeson County.
During the SNIP campaign, the procedures will be offered at Robeson County’s five animal hospitals by appointment only. Pet owners should call their local vet to make an appointment and to obtain a price.
The program provides low-income residents with vouchers that cover the cost of spaying or neutering their pets. Veterinarians are reimbursed for the surgeries by the state. The procedure, which includes anesthesia and surgery, normally costs as much as $150, depending on the size and breed of the animal.
In addition to Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, which can be reached at 910-521-3431; clinics that will participate are: Baird’s Animal Hospital in Lumberton, 910-739-4990; Southeastern Veterinary Hospital in Lumberton, 910-739-9411; South Robeson Veterinary Hospital in Fairmont, 910-628-7178; and North Star Veterinary Hospital in Parkton, 910-858-2525.
The SNIP clinic is held each year during September and March. Since it was started in 2010, 3,704 dogs and cats in Robeson County have been sterilized as part of the program.