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Local Animal Shelter Offering Free Spay and Neuter of Dogs

<font size=2> <P>Spring has sprung and so have many litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.</P> <P>But in Wichita County, Humane Society officials are on a mission to encourage responsible pet ownership by getting folks to spay and neuter their animals.</P> <P>That mission has shelter officials using a special program to get some dog owners to comply by making them an offer they can't refuse.</P></font>

The Humane Society of Wichita County has dozens of dogs that are big but beautiful.

And when these animals are not spayed or neuter this can happen; additional mouths to feed.

Unfortunately, for many owners, that forces them to abandon their pets.

"We are definitely trying to move this community toward a no-kill community," says Humane Society of Wichita County Executive Director Holley Scheller.

So to do that, the shelter of offering a special program.

"Big But Beautiful program is a grant that we were given to spay and neuter 150 larger animals. So, if your animal is over 30 pounds you can call our voucher writer and we will take care of getting your dog spayed or neutered at no cost to the owner," Scheller explains.

Shelter officials say over seven years an unsterilized male and female dog can produce 50,000 puppies.

Although dogs are loyal they can cost a lot of money.

"The average pet owner will spend anywhere from $700 to $3,000 a year on the cost of their animal. That's a responsible pet owner. That's somebody who's getting it its rabies vaccine, it's heartworm preventative every month, taking it for vet checks," says Scheller.

However, having your pet spayed or neutered for free can save you even more money.

For large dog owners in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett and Iowa Park, it can all start with a simple phone call.

"We'll set you up an appointment. We'll give you all the information. You show up on surgery day. You show up on surgery night and we take care of all that for you," adds Scheller.

Shelter officials say so far, only about 40 dogs have had the procedure.

Again, the Big But Beautiful program is for large dog owners in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett and Iowa Park.

For more information on the program call (940) 761-2489.

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