For many pet owners who have not been able to afford microchip or spay-neuter services for their animals, the Kansas Humane Society is now offering lower-cost services for lower-income households.
To qualify, pet owners should have an annual income of $40,000 or less. The Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, said the program is operated on good faith and does not require proof of income.
"The point of this program is to prevent unwanted litters and to reunite lost pets with their owners," said Jennifer Campbell, the Humane Society's director of communications.
For pet owners who want to take advantage of the $35 per-pet microchip service, no appointment is necessary. Pets have a tiny 24PetWatch microchip permanently implanted under their skin. The chip contains an identification number linking the pet to its owner's personal information.
Spay and neuter surgeries require appointments and are $30 for cats, $40 for male dogs and $50 for female dogs.
"Although this program is to help lower-income households, it is ultimately helping the Humane Society, as well," Campbell said.
The Kansas Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that cares for 18,000 pets annually. It is funded by private donations and service fees.
The low-cost microchip and spay-neuter services are possible in part because of a grant from PetSmart Charities, a nonprofit organization that helps fund animal welfare efforts in North America.
"Really, this program is all about prevention," Campbell said.
For More Information
For information on microchip services, call the Kansas Humane Society admissions department at 316-524-9196.
For information on spay-neuter services or to make an appointment, call the Kansas Humane Society Veterinary Clinic at 316-220-8719 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.