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Free spay/neuter options available for Coweta residents

A person’s income is no longer an obstacle to having a pet neutered or spayed in Coweta County. The Newnan-Coweta Humane Society (NCHS) now has four free grant programs to assist residents with the procedures at the HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic.

NCHS Executive Director JoAnn Jones said the new income criteria programs are an example of the organization’s commitment to the community.
Jones said the four no-cost programs being funded by NCHS include:

PolyAnna’s Fund - Families and individuals meeting qualification criteria for income can have their animals spayed and neutered for free, including the required rabies vaccine.

Tucker’s Fund - Families and individuals meeting qualification criteria for certain temporary financial hardships can have their animals spayed and neutered for free, including the required rabies vaccine.

Ranger the Wonderdog Fund - This fund for Pit Bulls offers free spay/neuter and rabies vaccines to Pit Bulls who are owned by individuals.

Feral Cat Fund - Individuals who have a problem with feral cats around their home or business who would like to trap, neuter and release the cats to eliminate future breeding are eligible to bring cats in under the Feral Cat fund.

Jones said the HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic is a low cost, high volume, high quality spay and neuter clinic based on the nationally recognized Humane Alliance clinic model that has successfully mentored more than 86 clinics across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

“Our theme since the inception of our clinic project more than two years ago has been that we need to make it easy for people to do the right thing and that is to spay and neuter their animals,” said Jones. “Our regular prices are as low or lower than most mobile type clinics, but we offer superior surgical and monitoring protocols to ensure each pet’s top quality surgical experience.”

Jones said each pet receives a pre-surgical exam, pre surgical pain medication, quality anesthesia & monitoring by trained staff, post surgical pain medication and all pets stay overnight to recover fully from anesthesia.

There are no hidden fees at HELP, such as extra charges for in-heat or pregnant animals, Jones said.

“We don’t believe it is appropriate to penalize people who have just not had the means or opportunity to get their pet in for surgery by tacking on additional surcharges,” she said. “The HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic and the Newnan Coweta Humane Society are committed to the residents and pets in Coweta County and surrounding counties. We have made a long term plan to help the residents and look forward to making a significant and long lasting difference in the pet overpopulation problem in this region.”

The HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic is located at 12 The Crescent in Avery Park off U.S. Highway 29 and is open for surgical appointments Monday through Friday each week. For more information call 770-304-7911 or visit http://www.helpspayneuter.org

HELP also operates a transport program to Meriwether County, Spalding County, Heard County, Troup County, and Pike County at least twice each month. For information on this free transport program, please contact Cindy at the clinic at 770-304-7911.

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