Porky and Buddy Pet Health – February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
I just read that February is “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month!” Not exactly as catchy as Ground Hog Day or Valentine’s Day or the Super Bowl, but still, as an animal lover, it’s important to me.

I always have my pets spayed or neutered, but  I know that it’s a hard expense for some of my neighbors who really love their pets but don’t have much money to spare. Are there any programs out there to help? I would be happy to spread the word.

Dear Tony,
Well bless your heart for being so understanding toward your friends and neighbors. Kindness and practical solutions are so much more helpful than just guilt, don’t you think?

The first thing to suggest to your friends is that they just call their own vet and ask if there are any options available through the vet’s office.

Most veterinarians do not work on the installment plan, obviously, but some have access to outside financing sources  (Care Credit is one.) that they can refer clients to and sometimes even assist with.

If that doesn’t work, then yes the Oswego County Humane Society has a spay/neuter clinic for cats in low income households.

But it is a small part time clinic with a long waiting list and families must meet income qualifications to get on the list.

You can find out more by calling the office at 315-207-1070.

And finally the national organization, Friends of Animals, offers reduced price certificates for spaying and neutering at participating veterinarians.

You can find local vets who will accept the certificates at www.friendsofanimals.org  or by calling them at 1-800-321-7387.

As you can see, there are options out there.

We hope everyone spreads the word about these very important services.

How about celebrating your love of fur balls at the Fur Ball?

On April 29th, from 6 to 11 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego, there will be dinner and dancing, contests, a fabulous silent auction and more.

Invitations will be coming in February or go to our website to reserve a ticket online.

$60 per person or $100 per couple.

Or call our office to ask about sponsorship.

You know you’re a party animal!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.