Animal control gets overwhelming response for low cost neutering

Animal control gets overwhelming response for low cost neutering

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Animal Control saw an overwhelming response to a low cost cat neutering clinic.

Animal Control and the Northeast Arkansans for Animals (NAFA) partnered to host a cat neutering clinic each month for $10 per cat.

This month the clinic received more than 200 emails from people wanting to bring their male cats in to be neutered.

The clinic could only accept 70 appointments since the clinic lasts one day and the procedure requires surgery.

"Since this is a surgery clinic it typically lasts a lot longer, a lot of hours go into it," said Larry Rogers, supervisor for Jonesboro Animal Control.

The clinic was started to help cut down on the overpopulation of cats in Region 8.

"A mature cat can have up to four litters of kittens a year so that is quite a few, it adds up," Rogers said.

Rogers says the overpopulation is so high that for every animal to have a home each person would have to own 6 or 7 cats a year.

Animal control and NAFA hope this clinic is one way to combat this problem.

"By making this available to citizens it is to lower the amount of stray animals," Rogers said.

The low cost for the clinic is made possible by volunteers who perform the procedure for free.

Rogers says he hopes to organize another clinic very soon, but he will have to work with the volunteers on possible dates.

The clinic for this month will be held Saturday, July 25, and all appointments are filled.

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