Shelter fundraiser helps keep down animal populations


Alexa, a 6-month-old, female, short-haired Tabby, is one of two cats up for adoption at the Humane Society of Jackson County in Seymour. The animal shelter will hold its annual My Furry Valentine from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Community Foundation office to raise money for its SNAP spay and neuter assistance program.

The Jackson County Humane Society is tackling the problem of stray and unwanted animals by helping families get their pets fixed.

Residents can apply for financial assistance to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered through the

shelter’s SNAP program.

“It usually costs between $80 and $100 for us to get an animal fixed through our program,” said Ellen Mirer, Humane Society board president. “Last year, we spent over $3,000 on the assistance program.”

Having a pet spayed or neutered can help keep animals out of the shelter in the future.

“By preventing some of the litters of puppies and kittens, we are hoping that in time we will see a reduction in the number of unwanted animals coming into our shelter,” Mirer said. “We join with other humane groups throughout the country in this effort.”

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