GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Spaying and neutering can be pricey for a pet owner. It's why local vets are partnering with Mesa County Animal Services to lower the cost. However, you have to act quick. It only happens once a year.
"Over the years we have had a very high degree of success with this program,” said Doug Frye, Manager, Mesa County Animal Services.
"This is by far the best program that the county has offered for people to bring their animals in to get spayed and neutered,” said Alyssa Hunt, Office Manager, Canyon Country Animal Hospital.
The Animal Assistance Foundation a statewide organization has been providing spay and neuter vouchers to the county for the last seven years.
“Before the voucher, you are looking at somewhere between $150 to $200 for your neuters and your spays,” said Hunt.
This year they have 14 veterinarians on board from around Mesa County. That’s the highest ever. The cost of surgery with these vouchers will be reduced to only $25.
"They will have an appointment with the doctor and talk about what their needs are and he will work with them to see if they are candidates for the program,” said Hunt.
Helping prevent pregnancies and diseases as well as keeping unwanted pets out of shelters.
“We’ve seen a decrease in liters and things like that coming into the shelter which is our objective,” said Frye.
Pet owners will be required to provide proof of current rabies vaccinations.
If you miss this voucher, Animal Services has another program that can help out, it’s called the PUP’s program.
Participating local area Veterinarians include:
All Pets Center -- 970.241.1976
Animal Birth Control -- 970.523.5487
Amigo Animal Clinic -- 970.245.0210
Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital -- 970.858.8881
Canyon Country Animal Hospital -- 970.812.5233
Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital -- 970.245.0135
Desert Springs Veterinary Services -- 970.858.8063
Dr. Jean Fromm, DVM -- 970.434.0811
Footprints Animal Hospital -- 970.241.4247
Grand View Animal Hospital -- 970.523.2060
Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital -- 970.241.9866
Plateau Valley Animal Hospital -- 970.487.3099
Redlands Pet Clinic -- 970.245.4060
Tiara Rado Animal Hospital -- 970.243.4007