Last updated: July 25. 2014 12:15PM - 484 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

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The Yadkin County Humane Society recently received a grant and the members are moving quickly to put that money to good use for pets and pet owners in the county. The Humane Society is now taking applications for a $15 spay or neuter program that will include transportation to the veterinarian’s office on Aug. 27.

“We’re hoping this will be a success and hopefully will be something we can do yearly,” said Humane Society President Carmen Headen. “I think we’re hitting the population that we are targeting, and I think it’s a good deal.”

Headen read about the grant from the Yadkin County Community Foundation in the newspaper and though she had never written a grant before, she decided to apply. She said while not experienced at grant-writing, the care of animals is something she is passionate about and she said her grant application came straight from the heart. She already is working on applying for additional grants to provide future pet spay/neuter options for area residents and also is hoping to work with area businesses to provide support to the Humane Society.

The Yadkin County Humane Society offers rabies clinics in the spring and fall, discount vouchers for spay and neuter and a program to assist low-income pet owners in getting their pets spayed or neutered.

Having a pet spayed or neutered not only cuts down on their risk for certain cancers, it is essential in controlling the pet population, Headen said.

“It’s so sad how many animals go to the shelter that are unable to get a home and have to be euthanized because their time is up and they haven’t been adopted,” Headen said.

With the $500 grant and $500 from the Yadkin Humane Society’s general fund, Headen said they would have 20 spots available for the spay/neuter program. She said they would love to be able to move that number to 30 and could do so with some additional donations.

“Spay it forward” is the phrase Headen coined to encourage area residents to donate to the cause. She also is hoping to encourage more animal lovers to get involved with the Humane Society. The group is run only through volunteer efforts and could use additional help with promoting programs, fundraising ideas and hosting information booths at local festivals.

Residents interested in volunteering are asked to contact the society at 336-463-4990 or visit its Facebook page.

The society does not have an office, but the phone messages are checked daily around 2 p.m.

Pet owners interested in applying to have their pet spayed or neutered at the Aug. 27 event also should call 336-463-4990, option #7, in order to request an application form. Pet owners may have up to two pets spayed or neutered. The deadline for applications is Aug. 15 and space is limited. Applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis. Pet owners will drop off their pets at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the Yadkinville Post Office. Animals must be in a crate. The animals will be transported to the Central Spay and Neuter Clinic in Kernersville for the procedure and will be returned to their owners at 5:30 p.m. at the Yadkinville Post Office.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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