HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Animal Services is reminding residents of low-cost options for spaying and neutering their pets.

The department reminded residents of ways to get low-cost and income-based programs to help with the procedure. Animal services said Huntsville pet owners who are on state or federal subsidized assistance or have an adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less qualify for the Fixin’ Alabama Spay/Neuter Program.

Qualifying pet owners can go to Huntsville Animal Services at 4950 Triana Blvd SW to show proof of eligibility and receive a voucher for the program. The owner can then use the voucher when they schedule a spay/neuter surgery for their pet with a participating vet. The pet owner will also receive a free lifetime license for the new spayed or neutered pet.

Animal Services said the spay/neuter action project (SNAP) also assists with low-cost spay and neutering procedures for eligible pet owners in Madison County

Animal Services Director Dr. Karen Sheppard said spaying and neutering pets is a key step in combating homeless pet populations.

“We used to take in 7-10 [animals] on a typical day,” she said. “Lately, it’s common for us to take in 25 or more in a single day. A few weeks ago, we took in 34 in just one day.” 

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Sheppard said while the need for adopters in foster homes for animals remains, the need to spay and neuter pets is also pressing.