Franklin County Dog Shelter offers free spay and neuter program

(FILE - WSYX/WTTE)

The Franklin County Dog Shelter announced they will be offering free spay and neuter to qualifying pet owners.

The new program called "SNYP IT, C-BUS—Spay or Neuter Your Pet" is free to low income dog owners who qualify. The shelter said they will provide free surgery, vaccines and a microchip all at no charge.

To qualify, the shelter said dog owners must show they receive some form of public assistance or have a household income that does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty guideline.

“We knew there was a need for this,” says f Assistant Director Deb Finelli. “Every day we see owners redeeming unaltered dogs and for most even the low-cost clinics are too expensive to afford. This program will benefit the community by reducing the number of unwanted litters that eventually make their way to the shelter, as well as improving the overall health of the dogs."

The project was made possible by a donation fund Finelli established back in 2011. She said the program will be solely funded by donations from the community.

For more information on how to qualify and take advantage of the program, call the Franklin County Dog Shelter at (614) 525-5454.

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