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Orange County Animal Services’ “Spay It Forward” campaign to raise money for low-income pet owners

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Orange County Animal Services is calling on the public to “get spayed” and help fund spay and neuter vouchers for pet owners who may need financial assistance.

The Spay It Forward campaign was created last year to help address pet overpopulation issues within the community. The initiative was funded by grants and provided vouchers to eligible low-income pet owners.

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After experiencing last year’s high demand and issuing 524 vouchers, the grant funding ran out. This year, the shelter must raise funds to ensure the success of the program. Prices for a spaying or neutering procedure can be as low as $50 for cats at low-cost shelters, according to animal services. As for dogs, surgeries can cost up to several hundred dollars.

In a press release, OCAS said it accepted more than 12,000 homeless animals in the past fiscal year, noting that offering spaying and neutering vouchers could prevent that from happening.

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“The sheer volume of abandoned and discarded animals entering our shelter day after day signals a problem,” said Diane Summers, Orange County Animal Services Manager. “The cure is accessibility for neutering and neutering, to prevent animals from having unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, and to help their owners obtain these essential veterinary services.”

The program is in partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s spaying and low-cost spaying and spaying clinics, Snip It and Spay N Save.

Animal Services identifies low-income people as those who meet or are below the federal poverty level, receive Medicaid benefits, or have an ACCESS EBT card. Proof of low-income status must be presented to the participating clinic and verified for the voucher to be redeemed, according to the shelter.

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