LUMBERTON — Pet owners who don’t want to find a surprise — and unwanted — litter of puppies or kittens in their houses can get their animals fixed for a discount during the semi-annual Spay and Neuter Incentive Program that starts on Tuesday.
Local veterinarians are offering the special deal to cut down on the number of stray animals in the county, which often in up at the county pound on death row.
The program, which runs through Sept. 14, is sponsored by the Robeson County Health Department. All six veterinary offices in Robeson County are participating: North End Veterinary Clinic in Lumberton; Southeastern Veterinary Hospital in Lumberton; North Star Veterinary Hospital in Parkton; Pembroke Veterinary Hospital; South Robeson Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont; and Baird’s Animal Hospital in Lumberton.
“What we did, we met collectively as a group and said maybe we can offer a new opportunity … for a discounted rate to get animals spayed and neutered,” said Dr. David Brooks, veterinarian at Pembroke Veterinary Hospital and chairman of the Robeson County Veterinary Society.
The cost during the campaign includes anesthesia and surgery. Costs are as follows: female cats, $75; male cats, $60; female dogs under 40 pounds, $85; female dogs over 40 pounds, $100; male dogs under 40 pounds, $80; and male dogs over 40 pounds, $95.
The procedure normally costs up to $150, depending on size and breed.
“It could be a substantial savings from what the clinic or hospital normally charges,” Brooks said.
Brooks said during the last SNIP campaign, held int March, 423 were neutered.
“That’s 95 more than was ever done in the same time period,” he said. “I was hoping we could do 500.”
Brooks credited the record number of procedures to SNIP’s marketing campaign, which included notices to schools, the Health Department, county commissioners and municipalities. Brooks said he’ll also market this month’s program.
“We sent out a lot of notices to businesses and I think they took note of it,” Brooks said. “We couldn’t do it on our own.”
Brooks said county vets already offered discounted spay and neuter rates to “special groups” like the Robeson County Humane Society, but extended it to individual pet owners to lower the number of “unwanted pets” and the problems they cause in the county.
“The strays spread the … rabies,” he said. “They don’t ever get vaccinated and it’s just a vicious cycle.”
For information about SNIP or to schedule an appointment, contact one of Robeson County’s veterinary offices at: North End Veterinary Clinic, 910-738-9368 or www.northendveterinaryclinic.com.; Southeastern Veterinary Hospital, 910-739-9411 or www.southeasternveterinary.com; North Star Veterinary Hospital, 910-858-2525 or www.northstarveterinaryhospital.com; Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, 910-521-3414 or www.pembrokeveterinaryhospital.com; South Robeson Veterinary Clinic, 910-628-7178; and Baird’s Animal Hospital, 910-739-4998 or www.bairdsanimalhospital.com.