Published DateLACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society announces the launch of a new Spay & Neuter Fund targeting those in the community most in need of help, thanks to the generosity of a private donor.
The so-called No Cost Spay & Neuter Fund will afford access to sterilization surgery for those feeling the most financial stress, specifically aimed at pet owners who are experiencing true hardship.
Services with a minimal $10 co-pay, per household, to cover administration of the fund, will include
Spaying and Neutering companion cats and dogs, post operative pain medication, control of visually
noted parasites such as fleas and ticks, and vaccinations.
While the donor who endowed the fund wishes to remain anonymous the intent was clear, "help those who really need it; they still have pets that are able to reproduce. Not having the resources to afford the surgery means a continuance of animal suffering with pet overpopulation".
Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Brenda Stowe already runs the Humane Society's in-house S.N.A.P (Spay Neuter
Assistance Program) which has been in effect at the local shelter in Laconia for over four years. S.N.A.P
is a low cost spay/neuter program that anyone wishing to access affordable sterilization surgery for their
pet can apply to.
"The newer No Cost Fund aims to help those who cannot afford even this option" said Marylee Gorham NH Humane Society spokesperson. "Dr. Stowe's considerable surgical skills will allow us to reach an entirely different but nonetheless needy demographic".
The fund is open to residents of the Granite State who currently receive one or more of the nine assistance
programs offered by State of New Hampshire, including fuel assistance. With few restrictions, dogs must be under 50 pounds, those applying with supporting documentation will be set up with a surgery date to bring their animals to the animal welfare agency on Meredith Center Road, Laconia. Other than the $10
co-pay, cost of vaccines including the state mandated Rabies, treatment of observed parasites, and all
important pain management post operatively, is absorbed by the fund.
New Hampshire Humane Society has long been a forward thinking agency in terms of community
outreach initiatives. Pet Therapy, Internships, Pet Food Pantry and a vibrant volunteer service program
have been mission accomplishments since the new building was unveiled in 2006.
As a private stand alone non profit charitable organization, NHHS relies on the support of individuals and businesses aligned with the Society's basic tenets, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. No animal is euthanized for time or space restrictions, rather all are assured care and comfort until adoption – no matter how long the wait might be.