BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society got some unexpected help in a big way to promote adopting shelter pets along with spaying and neutering pets.
A $50,000 cash bequest specifically given to the BHS spaying and neutering program by the late Louise Gardner of Stockton Springs and a Facebook promotion for free cat spayings and neuterings by the Veazie Veterinary Clinic through April 1 are giving the effort a major boost.
“We are really passionate about spaying and neutering here. We take in 4,700 animals here annually and most of those are cats,” said Stacey Coventry, Bangor Humane Society’s public relations manager.
From now through April 1, Veazie Veterinary Practice will spay one cat for free for every 75 “likes” the clinic’s Facebook profile gets and neuter one cat for every 35 “likes” it gets during the same period.
“This was going to be in the works regardless as February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, but then Veazie came to us with this idea, which we embraced, and then we got this generous bequest from Mrs. Gardiner,” said Coventry. “That $50,000 will be used to provide reduced-cost spaying and neutering for pets adopted by qualified low-income individuals.”
The reduced spay/neuter program will be offered as long as funding lasts and is open to anyone receiving food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, MaineCare, Social Security Disability, or Supplemental Security Income.
Individuals must come to the shelter personally, present a photo ID along with proof of assistance, and fill out an application to receive a voucher for a reduced-cost spay or neuter service at participating area veterinary practices.
Another promotional offer this month is a reduced adoption fee rate for older cats and dogs.
Dogs who have been at the shelter a month or longer can be adopted for 50 percent off the normal total adoption cost (including shots, spaying, neutering, etc.), and adult cats 7 months or older are $25.
Coventry emphasized how important it is to find homes for animals, as the volume of pets coming into the shelter has recently increased.
“We still have animals coming in. We have probably 20 dogs on a waiting list waiting to come in,” she said.
To help with Veazie Veterinary’s effort, people can log onto Facebook and hit the “like” link for Veazie Veterinary Clinic.
For more information, call the shelter at 942-8902, visit its online site at www.bangorhumane.org, or visit its Facebook profile at www.facebook.com/bangorhumane.