Lisa McCormick of Partners For Pets of Troy was awarded a PetSmart grant in June 2012 that enabled Granite City residents to obtain affordable spay-neuter surgeries for their pets.
This two-year grant allowed Partners For Pets, in collaboration with SNIP Alliance and OpSPOT, to provide $10 spay-neuter surgeries for 1,272 cats and dogs for Granite City residents. To date, 1,068 surgeries have been performed.
McCormick said the clinics have been an enormous undertaking and required innumerable volunteer hours. But the satisfaction of knowing that Partners For Pets is preventing the birth of many unwanted puppies and kittens that ultimately end up at the pound and are euthanized has kept everyone devoted to the program.
Partners For Pets of Troy is an animal rescue and rehab shelter. They pull animals from local animal control facilities and adopted 1,166 dogs and cats to new homes in 2013. No matter how many animals you rescue, there are many more that meet their end at animal control. In 2013, 2,183 dogs and cats were euthanized at Madison County Animal Control. McCormick said she fervently believes that through spay-neuter programs such as this, there will be a reduction in unwanted litters and a reduction in intake at animal control facilities.
With only 205 appointment spaces available before the grant is completed in early May, 2014 Partners 4 Pets would like to remind Granite City residents to take advantage of this program by calling 618-550-7647 to make their appointments.
Dogs (up to 55 pounds) and cats can be spayed or neutered for $10. The rabies registration fee will be $10.
Owners must bring proof that the animal is up to date on rabies vaccination.
Only healthy pets and Granite City residents will be accepted for the program.
The program is sponsored by Partners For Pets, SNIP Alliance and Operation SPOT.
Veterinary services will be provided by Dr. Pamela A. Clary.