Some great news for animals in shelters. A bill passed giving assistance for spay and neuter clinics in West Virginia.
After nearly five years, a new bill passes in the Senate to provide financial help to spay and neuter clinics. And it couldn't have come at a more perfect time for The Humane Society of Parkersburg.
"To have that bill come now when our clinic will be up and running sometime in the fall and to be able to get grants from the state and to even be able to help more people," says Humane Society of Parkersburg Executive Director, Maryann Hollis.
The program is based on donations and designates a certain amount of money based on county need.
Senator David Nohe worked to put the plan in action. He says, "Parkersburg will receive a certain amount of funds, which is undetermined at this point for the spay and neuter program. It will be watched really close especially in the first couple of years to make sure each county gets enough money."
Money they valley needs to keep programs like this one running.
"Wood County's very much so on the high end. It has always been a problem here with spay and neutering and this will make a big impact on this region," Senator Nohe adds.
The clinics are designed to help people take care of their animals.
"It will be more affordable than going to a standard vet practice. It will be high quality and a quick turn around but we will be focusing solely on spays and neuters and making it affordable for those who can't currently afford it. Instead of people seeing spay and neuter as a luxury, we hope they see it as a necessity because of the low cost," Hollis says.
And it's a proven way to save the lives of thousands of cats and dogs.
"We know it will save a lot of lives. It is the third piece of the puzzle that we have seen nationally to reducing intake and euthanasia at local shelters. First is adoptions, second is rescues, and third is having a low cost spay and neuter clinic for those who can't normally afford it," says Hollis.
The bill takes effect in 2014. It's projected to save the lives of tens of thousands of animals in West Virginia.