Valley Groups Work Together to Curb Overpopulation of Animal Shelters

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Several groups are working together to fix the problem of overpopulation of cats and dogs at local animal shelters.

On average, each county in the Valley can take in as many as 3,000 cats and dogs a year. That's about eight per day, however; several groups are now working together to have more dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

They say this could relieve stress on all Valley animal shelters.

The Shenandoah Spay/Neuter Clinic in Harrisonburg is working with Augusta Dog Adoptions, The Mosby Foundation and Cat's Cradle to have more dogs and cats spayed and neutered.

Using grant money, they've been able to increase awareness about the importance of the procedures and lower the costs of spaying and neutering.

Getting an operation done may cost about $75, but by working together with the other groups the clinic was recently able to lower that to $20 during a promotion.

"We ended up doing over 200 pit bulls in one month. If you take even half of those being female, each one of them can multiple litters within the year and can have four to five. We are potentially saving hundreds of pit bulls from entering the shelter within this next year. So we're making an immediate difference right now," said Dan Chavez with the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Chavez also says if you own a dog or cat it's important to get them spayed or neutered early because cats and dogs can become pregnant as early as four to five months old.


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