by Karen Hirsch
LifeLine Animal Project’s management has dramatically lowered the euthanasia rate at DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur. However, the approaching warmer weather typically means skyrocketing intake levels at DCAS due to the high number of puppies and kittens being born. Hoping to stem the number of animals coming in, LifeLine announces SNIP DeKalb (Spay Neuter Impact Program), which will provide free spay/neuters, along with free vaccinations, for DeKalb County pet owners needing financial assistance.
According to LifeLine’s DCAS Shelter Director Susan Feingold, spaying and neutering is critical in reducing the number of homeless and unwanted pets entering the shelter during warmer months.
“We see a staggering number of unwanted pets in DeKalb County, and the main reason is because people are not fixing their pets,” she said.
“By eliminating financial barriers and encouraging DeKalb County residents to get their pets fixed, we hope to see a drastic reduction in the number of dogs and cats entering our shelter.”
DeKalb residents who cannot afford to pay for low-cost spay or neuter services themselves should visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com, print and fill out the SNIP DeKalb application and then mail it in. Applications are also available at the DCAS shelter. When approved, applicants will receive a voucher for a free spay/neuter and instructions in the mail.