Spot – Enabling low cost spay/neuter in Sevier County

hsus_logo_detailPIGEON FORGE (press release)—The Sevier County Humane Society’s SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) is celebrating a huge milestone with the sterilization of 1007 dogs/cats in 2014.

This number will prevent over 4000 births in 2015, according to Julie Jacobson, Program Manager for Spay Tennessee, a statewide spay/neuter referral program.

SPOT is the low cost spay/neuter program developed by the Sevier County Humane Society in 2010.  SPOT has grown exponentially since its inception to assist all Sevier County residents with affordable spay/neuter options for their pets.

The SPOT program also includes low cost rabies vaccinations, as required by TN State Law.

There are no low cost spay/neuter clinics in Sevier County so SPOT has put together an effective transport program, taking pets to clinics in Knoxville and Alcoa, inviting PAL (Prevent A Litter Connection) a mobile spay/neuter unit to Sevier County once a month and working with Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic, a full service veterinary clinic in Seymour to offer sterilization surgeries at a discounted price.

Thru various private, non-governmental grant programs, SPOT has also helped to further offset costs for dogs and cats who live in a low-income household.

Many people feed colonies of cats but by having them trapped, neutered and released, these colonies can effectively be managed and the Humane Society will assist with the costs of these surgeries.

Other people have taken in stray cats or dogs or pets who have been abandoned or dumped, giving them homes and “doing the right thing” by having these pets altered through the SPOT program, directly helping to fight the disease of pet overpopulation.

The leading cause of death for cats and dogs nationwide, is animal shelter euthanasia and the only way to stop the killing is to alter pets before they contribute to the problem. ‘Prevention is the key’ says Martha Gilchrist, Sevier County Humane Society President. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the need to have your pet altered as quickly as possible.”

SPOT goals for 2015 are to surpass the numbers of 2014 which will reduce the number of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens brought to the animal shelter.

To learn more, donate to spay/neuter or to make an appointment to have a pet altered, please call the Animal Shelter at 865-453-7000.

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