Thursday, March 07, 2002

County hikes fund to sterilize pets

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Warren County commissioners have agreed to give an extra 50 percent to the county Humane Association's spay and neuter program this year.

        Commissioners approved the Humane Association's request Tuesday for $7,500, an increase over the $5,000 allocation in past years. The money will cover the costs of spay/neuter vouchers.

        “The purpose of the modern humane society is to reduce the population of unwanted pets,” Commissioner Mike Kilburn said. “I'd rather put the money there than into some social program that doesn't work.”

        The association offers the vouchers to county residents for $20 each. They're good for a dog or cat spay or neuter from 18 area veterinarians. These vets charge the humane association only their cost — $20 to $45 — for the operations, Executive Director Mari Lee Schwarzwalder said.

        The association hopes to be able to sell 1,000 vouchers this year, up from 900 last year, she said.

        Call 695-1176 for information or stop by the shelter, at 230 Cook Road in Lebanon, to buy a voucher.



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