Thursday, October 28, 2010

Calgary’s No Cost Cat and Dog Spay Neuter Program Begins




The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services is ready to accept applications for their no cost cat and dog spay and neuter program.

“We know that many responsible pet owners understand the value of spaying and neutering their pets,” says Bill Bruce, director of Animal & Bylaw Services. “This program will remove the financial barriers for Calgary’s low income pet owners.”

The services provided by this program include free spay or neuter surgery for cats or dogs, a free six month pet licence and a microchip. By completing one application form, financially eligible pet owners can have all of their pets spayed or neutered.

To be eligible for this pet program, Calgary residents must be at least 18 years of age and have a total family household annual income that is no greater than 85 per cent of the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Off (LICO).

Healthy cats and dogs are eligible for the no cost surgery performed in the Animal Services Centre Clinic which adjoins the Portland Street Animal Services Centre. Cats and dogs that are at least eight weeks old and weigh more than two pounds are also eligible for the surgery.

Calgarians can get more information about the program, their eligibility and their pets’ eligibility by visiting calgary.ca/animalservices and clicking on “no cost spay/neuter program” or by contacting 3-1-1.

Application forms can be picked up from the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Animal Services Centre is closed on statutory holidays.

Application forms can also be downloaded from calgary.ca/animalservices by clicking on “no cost spay/neuter program” or by calling 3-1-1 and asking to have an application form mailed.

Spay and neuter surgery helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born every year in our city. Licensing together with spaying or neutering pets also helps to reduce the number of unclaimed and unwanted pets entering shelters every day.

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