If you love pets and want to save 100 animals, fix just one cat or dog.
This is the message of Sevier County Humane Society’s SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) program. SPOT is the low cost spay and neuter program that fixed over 1000 animals in 2014. According to Julie Jacobson, program manager for the statewide spay and neuter referral program Spay Tennessee, this number will prevent over 4,000 births in 2015.
The Sevier County Humane Society launched the SPOT program in 2010 and it has grown exponentially to assist all Sevier County residents with affordable spay and neuter options for their pets. Through various private, non-governmental grant programs, SPOT has also helped to further offset pet spay and neuter costs for low-income households.
The SPOT program also includes low cost rabies vaccinations, as Tennessee law requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies.
The Sevier County Humane Society has low cost spay and neuter events scheduled, call (865) 453-7000 now to make an appointment.
Because there are no low cost spay and neuter clinics in Sevier County, SPOT has put together an effective transport program that takes pets to clinics in Knoxville and Alcoa. The program also invites Prevent A Litter Connection (PAL), a mobile spay and neuter unit, to Sevier County twice a month and works with Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic in Seymour to offer sterilization surgeries at a discounted price.
Spring is the busiest time of year for animal shelters as they become overcrowded with unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, and pregnant dogs and cats. Unfortunately, there are not enough homes for all of these pets and many are euthanized.
Prevention is the key to stop the killing of innocent animals and fight the disease of pet overpopulation.
Having your pet spayed or neutered reduces the risk of reproductive cancers, lessens the urge to mark territory or roam to find a mate, and decreases the likelihood of being injured or killed by motor vehicle traffic. It is good for your pet, good for your family and good for the community.
SPOT goals for 2015 are to surpass the number of pets spayed and neutered in 2014, which will reduce the number of homeless puppies and kittens brought to the animal shelter.
To learn more, donate to the SPOT program, or to make an appointment to have a pet spayed or neutered, call the Sevier County Humane Society at (865) 453-7000.