ENC animal shelters packed; group works to increase spay and neuter procedures

ENC animal shelters packed; group works to increase spay and neuter procedures (Image 1)

The warmer months mean more animals in need of homes across Eastern North Carolina and animal shelters are feeling the heat. One group is stepping up to help solve the overlying problem.

“The effort has been to treat the cause of the problem of unwanted and abandoned pets,” says Friends of Man’s Best Friend CEO Joe Exum. 

Friends of Man’s Best Friend works to provide spay and neuter surgeries at a reduced cost, ultimately cutting down on the animal population in the area. Many veterinarians work with the non-profit so the vouchers that are purchased for less than $40 are easy to use.

In the last decade, the group has seen what is possible if animals are spayed and neutered. In 2009, 2,036 dogs were brought into animal shelters in Lenoir and Greene Counties, according to Friends of Man’s Best Friend. 765 of those animals were euthanized. In 2014, the same shelters were examined and only 1,256 dogs were brought into the facilities. Of those animals, only 199 dogs were euthanized.

Exum says this is proof that the idea is working, which is saving the shelters money in the process so they are able to focus on housing homeless pets.

“The animal shelters have to spend their resources on treating the symptoms and that is the animals that show up at the front door,” says Exum. “The ones that people don’t want.”

Next week, the group is sponsoring on of their largest fundraising events in Kinston. For more information on the event, click here. To find out how you can purchase a reduced spay or neuter voucher, click here.

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