XENIA — The Humane Society of Greene County reached a milestone this month when it treated the 10,000th cat at its monthly spay/neuter clinic.
Started in 2006, these same-day clinics offer a low-cost alternative for controlling the pet population and are available to any Greene County resident caring for outside cats at a cost of $15 for male cats and $20 for females. Inoculations are also available for a minimum additional charge.
Spaying and neutering are vital in preventing pet overpopulation, especially with stray cats, according to a release from the Humane Society. A female cat may have up to four litters of kittens a year, many of which end up in animal shelters or are left to fend for themselves.
“It’s just as important to neuter male cats since far-roaming males can create litters with any unaltered female in heat,” the society said in the release. “It also greatly reduces their chances of injury from fighting, and curbs undesirable behaviors like spraying. Neutering is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a lifetime of benefits for both the cat and the community.”
The Humane Society of Greene County also offers a second reduced cost spay/neuter program for both cats and dogs for low to medium level income families. In 2022, the total number of dogs and cats spayed or neutered through both programs totaled 1,581.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit group of volunteers, the Humane Society relies on donations and grants since it receives no funding from local government or national level animal related organizations.
The clinics are held the second Saturday of each month but you must register in advance by calling the Humane Society at 937-376-3001 or visiting www.humanesocietygreenecounty.com.