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    Spay Neuter Information

    Spay and Neuter Information Dr. Meyer performing surgery

    The Animal Resouce Center is committed to reducing pet overpopulation in our community.

    We spay or neuter ALL dogs adopted at our facility prior to adoption.  About 2,000 dogs are spayed or neutered annually at the Dog Shelter.

    The shelter received more than 10,000 unwanted animals last year!!

    The best way to reduce the number of unwanted animals is to spay and neuter your pets before they have a chance to accidentally reproduce.

    Facts about Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

    • Despite popular belief, sterilizing your dog or cat will not make it fat and lazy. Pets normally become fat and lazy because of overeating and lack of exercise, not from spaying and neutering.

    • Both male and female dogs live longer healthier lives if they are spayed or neutered. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chances of breast cancer. Neutering a male dog will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.

    • Having your dog spayed or neutered can save you money in other ways. In Franklin County, the dog license fee for a dog that has been spayed or neutered is one half the regular fee, and the impound fees at the Dog Shelter are one third those that are charged for an un-altered dog.

    Think about these facts before allowing your pet to have "just one litter" of puppies or kittens!

    Fact: One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years!  One cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens during the same time frame.

    Fact: For every human born, there are 7 puppies and kittens born.

    Fact: An estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. That's about 55 percent of the animals entering shelters, based on reports from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.

    The Ohio Pet License Plate is a specialty plate that will help raise funds to be used for spay and neuter to prevent pet overpopulation and for education.

    Bark Park Big Hill - Closing

    The time has come. Some of you may have noticed the large "patches" on the hill. With the constant rain and weather, the hill hasn't been keeping up appearances. We received word from the Solid Waste folks that November 12, 2014, the main hill will close for the winter. In the interim, please stay away from the patches and any cones that have been put out. These mark areas that are either undergoing refurbishment or repair. On a positive note, a grant application has been submitted for new furniture and replacement trash receptacles for the park. We will keep everyone posted on the developments. Sonny's Acres will remain open throughout the winter season.

    Mingle With Our Mutts

    Please join us the Second Sunday of each month from Noon - 2 PM for Mingle with Our Mutts we will have lots of adoptable dogs and cats looking for new homes.