By Allen Worrell Editor
September 1, 2013
A two-year grant that allows residents of the 24343 zip code to receive free spay and neutering of cats and dogs will end in October, but there are still opportunities remaining to take advantage of the grant.
The Hillsville/PetSmart Charities grant, which began in January of 2012, allows for any resident in the 24343 zip code to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered for free, regardless of income. According to the Twin County Humane Society, 895 dogs and cats had been fixed through the grant in the 24343 zip code as of this August.
“There are still 105 cat and dog spay/neuters available for people living in 24343. This grant pays the full price of the spay or neuter and there is no income guideline,” said Judy Bolt, the Town of Hillsville’s Town Manager. “We want to encourage people to take advantage of the few remaining available funds.”
The Twin County Humane Society takes the calls to authorize grand funds for the free spays and neuters to fix your pet. The pet owner will be responsible for any other services for the pet; rabies is required. Pet owners from the 24343 area code can choose any of four veterinarian’s offices, including Healing Springs, Mountain View, Carroll Veterinary Clinic and the Galax Veterinary Clinic.
There is other grant fund assistance available for anyone living in the Twin Counties. However there is a $35,000 or less household income guideline for that particular grant. But if you take in a stray and are willing to give it a home, no income guideline applies. To inquire about grant funds please call or email the Twin County Humane Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-266-8062. Someone will contact you within 72 hours.
According to the Twin County Humane Society, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in a period of six years. In the same time frame, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.
Bolt said the Hillsville PetSmart Charities grant has made a big impact on the community. The Twin County Humane Society has worked with Carroll County Animal Control Officer Terry Woods to measure the intake of dogs and cats from the 24343 zip code, comparing it to the other localities that use the Twin County Animal Shelter. That information has shown less dogs animals are coming to the animal shelter now, which is what the grant was intended to do.
If you would like to be involved in confronting animal overpopulation in our area, you can make a difference. First, visit the animal control shelter and adopt a dog or cat and save a life. The animal shelter can be reached by calling (276) 236-8501.
If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog or want to know more about volunteer opportunities, visit the website www.twincountyhumanesociety.org or Twin County Humane Society Hillsville, Va. on Facebook. TCHS depends on donations and grants and VOLUNTEERS to support the work of spay/neuter, rescue and foster care.