New dog owner Annie Guerin had a choice.
She could get her pup Gino neutered, or afford the text books and groceries she needed. Thanks to the Humane Society’s new Prevent Another Litter Subsidy (PALS) program, Guerin didn’t have to choose. Because of her lower income, the university student qualified for financial assistance with the fledgling initiative, paying only an administration fee to have 7-month old Gino neutered. The procedure would’ve cost up to several hundred dollars at a vet’s office.
“Living on my own, I want a dog for companionship and protection,” said the Alberta Avenue area resident. She recently got the husky/blue heeler mix dog for free from an ad she saw on Kijiji.
“There’s so many costs you don’t think about when getting a pet—food, shots—but because of PALS, I can even afford obedience training for Gino. Plus, it makes me feel good to help control the homeless pet population.”
EHS spokesperson Shawna Randolph said having a dog or cat spayed or neutered is healthier for the pet, citing research that shows lower incidences of cancer and less behavior problems with animals that are spayed or neutered.
“With this program, people are now able to do their part, and feel the emotional reward that they are making a huge difference,” said Randolph. Contact EHS online or call 780-491-3850 for more.
-The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) cares for 13,000 animals a year—right now, 76 per cent are felines
-Cats and dogs are pregnant for only 63 days before kittens and puppies are born, and another pregnancy can result almost immediately
-Low income families can apply to PALS to have a dog/cat spayed or neutered. Proof of income and $50 fee is needed. Pups and kittens need to be 8 weeks old, or weigh at least 800 grams.