BANGOR, Maine — February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and, because of a couple of local community partnerships, the Bangor Humane Society is able to raise significant local awareness around the importance of spay/neuter.
First, the Bangor Humane Society is thrilled to announce that because of the generosity of a bequest given by the late Louise Gardner, $50,000 has been donated to the BHS Spay/Neuter Program. BHS has been distributing vouchers to qualifying individuals for months now, as long as funds last. BHS hopes to utilize these bequest funds to create a more sustainable spay/neuter program for the community.
Currently, the BHS spay/neuter voucher program is available to anyone who receives or is eligible for Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), or Maine Care (Medicaid). Individuals must visit the shelter in person with photo ID and proof of assistance. They then must complete an application to receive a voucher that they can use at participating veterinary practices. For an average co-pay of $25 for cats and $35 for dogs (cost varies for male and female pets) their pets can be spayed or neutered and will also provide $15 toward necessary vaccinations. The low-income spay neuter grant funds received by BHS will cover the remaining cost. For additional questions on the program, individuals can call 942-8902.
“The increased availability of spay/neuter will help to reduce the number of unwanted litters surrendered to animal shelters”, said Suzan Bell, executive director of the Bangor Humane Society.
Last year BHS accepted 4,500 owner-surrendered and stray animals. Many of the dogs, and most of the cats, would not have arrived at BHS if there was a low-cost way for people to have their pets sterilized. In fact, many of the cats arrived at BHS pregnant or with a litter of kittens.
Additionally, community members who would like to support the spay/neuter initiatives at BHS in other ways can help by supporting a Facebook campaign launched by local veterinary office, Veazie Veterinary Clinic. For every 35 new Facebook likes, they will neuter a cat from the Bangor Humane Society. For every 75 new Facebook likes, they will spay a cat from the Bangor Humane Society. Tallying begins now, and will end on April 1st. Just search “Veazie Veterinary Clinic” on Facebook and hit “Like,” and have your friends and family do the same. The BHS requires cats and kittens to be spayed or neutered before entering their new forever home.
And, finally, if you are looking to add a new fur-friend to your family, you can support spay/neuter by choosing to adopt a new pet from a local shelter. Because all shelter pets are spayed/neutered before going home, you are helping to end the pet overpopulation cycle. Also, their adoption fee helps offset the spay/neuter costs for the other pets awaiting a homes at the Bangor Humane Society.
As an incentive to encourage adoption, for the month of February, BHS had discounted its adoption fees. Adult cats 7 months and older are only $25. All dogs, 7 months and older, have a special Valentine on their kennel through the end of the month. At the time of adoption, the Valentine reveals a surprise discount of 10, 25 or 50 percent off the dog’s adoption fee.
The BHS plans to continue running special adoption promotions through the month of March, in accordance with “March Madness.” For details, on upcoming March promotions visit or call the shelter at 942-8902, visit their website www.bangorhumane.org, or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bangorhumane.
Each year the BHS cares for and works to find forever homes for an average of 4,700 homeless pets. The Bangor Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization, funded by local contributions and donations.