Spay & Neuter Assistance Program Launched in Mississippi!
Our Hope Animal Sanctuary works tirelessly to rescue and rehome hundreds of unwanted and abused animals in Mississippi every year, but the need and requests for help are never-ending. That’s why we’re proud to announce our new spay and neuter assistance program for low-income residents of Montgomery County and Carroll County — and you can help!
Overpopulation of dogs and cats of all ages is a heartbreaking issue affecting communities across the country, which makes access to spay and neuter programs vital to preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.
An unspayed female dog can have over 60 puppies in her lifetime. Up to 500 puppies can be born to one unspayed female dog and her offspring in 7 years. And in seven years a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000. Imagine if you will, how many of these innocent lives are lost due to starvation, predation, and disease, while more are killed in shelters simply due to a lack of space.
Where we work in Mississippi, the number of homeless animals is at an all-time high while the number of adoptions and transfers to northern rescue groups we partner with is at an all time low. Historically, the number of dogs and cats spayed or neutered in our region is dismal.
Sadly, many people with animals they love live in under-resourced communities and can’t afford to have them spayed or neutered. That’s why we’re launching a low-cost program to help get to the root of the problem where the guardian only pays $25 per surgery, and we cover the rest. Not only will this prevent animal suffering, but it will help overburdened rescues and shelters like ours.
Spaying a medium to large dog costs us around $150, while a neuter is about $125. For cats, spaying is about $115 and a neuter is about $100. Working with our vet in Winona we’ve spayed and neutered two dogs and two cats so far, and with the official launch of this program, we aim to help countless more.
Our goal is to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless dogs and cats beginning in Montgomery County and Carroll County and with your help, we hope to expand this program into neighboring counties in Mississippi where poverty is rampant.