AUBURN, Ala — One area pet boutique and rescue organization is fighting to reduce the pet population and, at the same time, offering needed assistance to low income families in our area.
For Paws Boutique and Rescue in Auburn applied for a grant through the PETCO Corporation earlier this year, and For Paws received it– and then some. Boutique owner Rebekah Perry decided there would be no better way to put the money to use than helping animals and her community.
The $7500 grant allowed Perry to partner with eight local veterinary clinics in the Auburn area to offer spay and neuter services to low income families at a significantly reduced cost. To prove eligibility, participants must show they receive some type of state or federal assistance. That proof, along with their driver’s license, qualifies them to receive a voucher to have their pet spayed or neutered at one of the eight participating vet clinics. Those eight clinics are Moores Mill Vet, Parkway Animal Hospital, Village Veterinary Clinic,Opelika Animal Hospital, Thornton Animal Hospital, Pet Vet, Tigertown Veterinary Hospital, and Countryside Veterinary Hospital.
The program kicked off at 7 a.m. Monday morning. By midday, Perry said more than two-thirds of the 75 available vouchers had been claimed. That’s good news, too, considering the pet population grows much faster than humans can handle.
“Unfortunately, pet overpopulation is a huge problem in the south,” Perry tells News 3. “One male cat and one female cat can cause anywhere between 4,000 and 7,000 kittens in a five year period.”
The out-of-pocket expense for participants who qualify for a voucher is $10 for dogs and $5 for cats. That will cover all associated expenses of the spay/neuter surgery.
For those looking to adopt a pet, For Paws will partner with Macon County for an adoption even this Saturday, June 25, between 4 pm – 7 pm at the For Paws Boutique location at 1027 Opelika Road in Auburn. Adoption fees will be reduced for the event.