HOUSTON- "There is no reason to have a fertile pet here in the City of Houston” says Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Thanks to irresponsible pet owners, Houston’s pet population is out of control… and though it’s not the city’s fault… it is their problem.
So BARC, the city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is opening a low cost spay and neuter clinic- on its premises. Today is the grand opening of the very first in house, low cost, dog and cat municipal spay and neuter clinic in the state of Texas. It’s called “Fixin’ Houston”- get it- they’re fixin' pets and the overpopulation problem. Anyway, Fixin’ Houston’s goal is to provide low cost surgery to Houstonians who want to be responsible pet owners. The cost ranges from $29- $69 bucks depending on the size and gender of the animal.
BARC will now be able to double the amount of pets they spay and neuter daily from 40 to 80- that’s an extra 10,000 each year. It won't solve Houston's overpopulation problem but it's at least a start.
Unfortunately, whether it’s culture or ignorance, some people think it’s unhealthy to “cut off a dog’s (you know what)" when it’s actually beneficial. “The benefits of spaying and neutering your pet: it’s going to reduce the risk of disease, tumors, cancer and infection and overall just makes a better, healthier pet” says Dr. Tony Malone, BARC's Chief Veterinarian.
No more excuses, if you’re pet isn’t spayed or neutered, do the right thing- you’ll be helping your pet and the city.