Spay and neuter vouchers to be made available to Edmonson County pet owners

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. – Paying to have your pet spayed or neutered can be rather expensive.

“There’s a lot of people that need their animal spay and neutered that really can’t afford to,” said Wil Cannon, judge executive for Edmonson County. “This will help them afford it.”

In the coming weeks, Edmonson County will be offering spay/neuter vouchers to resident pet owners to help offset the cost of having these expensive procedures done for their pets.

“What we decided to do was give a certain set amount of dollars per voucher for a cat and then for a dog,” added Cannon.

The vouchers, which will eventually made available for pick-up in the judge executive’s office, will be good for $40 for cats and $50 for dogs.

Pet owners can then use the vouchers for the surgeries at Thomas and England Vet Clinic in Smiths Grove, Ky.

Residents who use the vouchers will have to cover the difference at the vet clinic, which could range from $5 to $30, depending on the type of pet.

“There will be a little out-of-pocket cost depending on the size of the animal,” Cannon said.

The money for the vouchers comes from a $4,000 grant which is funded by Edmonson County, the City of Brownsville and the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board.

Edmonson County contributed $1,500, Brownsville chipped in $500, and the Kentucky ACAB matched the $2,000 of the two communities to bring the total for the program to $4,000.

The vet clinic will present a bill to the judge executive’s office to recoup the fees sustained from the use of the spay/neuter vouchers.

Additionally, Cannon mentioned that the vouchers will need to be used within a 30-60 day time period to ensure that no vouchers go to waste and funds go unused.

“We’re able to give as many or maybe more vouchers and get more spay and neuters through the program than the way we’ve done it in the past,” he said.

One of the primary goals of this grant, as well as the vouchers, is to ensure that there are less stray dogs and cats roaming the streets throughout Edmonson County.

“Spay-neuter is what is going to work us out of the shelter overpopulation problem, the pet overpopulation problem,” said Katie Smith with the Edmonson County Humane Society.

“We’re excited about it,” Cannon said. “We’re hoping that it’ll help control the animal populations in our county.”

They’re also hoping it ensures the safety, protection and well-being of all pets in their community.

“We want every pet to have a good home and be loved and taken care of properly,” said Cannon.

As long as programs like these continue and various options remain on the table for pet owners, the likelihood is that the number of stray animals in the county will continue to decline.

“Spay-neuter is the real key here,” Smith added.