Humane Soc., For Pets’ Sake help with spay-neuter program

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Beginning Oct. 11, The Muscatine Humane Society and For Pets’ Sake will officially partner with the Iowa Humane Alliance to provide low-cost spay and neuter services to Muscatine residents. To participate, cat owners should call the Muscatine Humane Society at 563-263-7358 and dog owners should call Beth VanZandt, founder of For Pets’ Sake, at 563-264-0822. Anyone wanting to have a pet spayed should call right away, as the Humane Alliance can only take a limited number of pets each month.

After signing their pet up, owners will need to set up a time to come to the Muscatine Humane Society to complete the paperwork for their pets treatment and pay for it in cash ahead of the scheduled surgery day. Spays and neuters cost $40 for all cats and kittens weighing at least two pounds. Street or barn cats can receive both a spay or neuter surgery and a rabies vaccine for $35. Neutering puppies and dogs eight weeks old or older costs $65 and spaying them costs $80. Operations on large dogs over 80 pounds will cost an additional $25 and those on extra large dogs over 110 pounds will cost an additional $50. Any animal without a current paper rabies certificate will need to pay an extra $10 for the vaccination. If owners would like, they can also have their pets receive several additional services at a cost.

The day of the surgery, pet owners need to bring their animals to the Muscatine Humane Society by 7 a. m. in a plastic pet taxi. If owners do not have one, they should let the Humane Society know when they complete their paperwork. The Iowa Humane Alliance will then transport the animals to their office and bring the back the next day at 8 a. m.

As this valuable partnership starts, Humane Society Director Chris McGinnis hopes many people will take advantage of it. “I’ve visited the Humane Alliance, and their vets, techs, and office staff are top notch,” she said.

Van Zant shared her enthusiasm for the project. I’m happy that For Pets’ Sake can join up with the Humane Society to help.”