DATE: March 29, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Mendheim, Animal Care and Adoption
In an effort to reduce the problems associated with pet overpopulation, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners has approved an item allowing pet owners to increase the number of dogs and cats being spayed or neutered through the County's pet sterilization program.
On Tuesday, the Commissioners voted to expand the Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT) Program, administered by Animal Care and Adoption. The change increases the number of pets that may be processed through the SPOT Program from a maximum of four pets per household, per lifetime to four pets per household, per year. In addition, a mother and her litter of puppies or kittens would count as only one pet toward the increased limit.
The SPOT Program is a nationally recognized pet sterilization program designed to address the pet overpopulation crisis. Broward County residents who meet income eligibility requirements can choose from more than 20 participating veterinary clinics to receive a sterilization (spay/neuter/fix) surgery for their cat or dog at a reduced cost of $10 per pet.
Funding for the SPOT Program is supported through the collection of a $2 surcharge received from the sale of every Broward County pet registration tag. Each time a Broward County pet owner renews or purchases their dog or cat’s annual pet registration; they are directly supporting the effort to decrease the number of unwanted pets that are surrendered to a Broward County animal shelter.
To learn more about the benefits provided by the SPOT Program or to receive a SPOT Program Application, visit broward.org/animal and click SPOT Spay & Neuter.
Broward County's Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and surrendered animals as well as the successful adoption of pets. The agency also coordinates the registering of dogs and cats and provides rabies vaccinations in order to encourage a healthier pet population.
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