HOUSTON -- The Harris County Animal Shelter provided free spaying and neutering services Saturday to pets in an effort to help control the overpopulation problem. "Big Fix Houston" was a first-of-its kind collaboration between public agencies, civic leaders and smaller nonprofit rescue and advocacy groups.
The project focuses on 11 targeted areas with the most complaints about stray and homeless animals and/or the fewest spay neuter options. The goal is to educate pet owners and spay and neuter, vaccinate and microchip as many animals as possible.
Pet owners were able to bring their four-legged family members to be checked out by loving veterinarians and volunteers, who educated owners and provided them with vouchers for free spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip services with cooperating providers.
“The stray animal problem is bigger than BARC; it’s bigger than the County, and it requires a community-wide effort to find a community-wide solution,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “That’s why the Big Fix is such a historic day for our community because it marks the first time so many groups have come together, united, to raise awareness on importance of spaying and neutering our pets.”
Each day an average of 60 to 80 unwanted animals arrive at the Harris County Animal Shelter. Although it is normally in the spring that the shelter receives an increase of litters of unwanted pets, many litters of puppies and kittens are continuing to arrive at the shelter this winter.
In commemoration of National Spay and Neuter Awareness month, many organizations across Houston and Harris County are participating in the “Big Fix,” an event to raise awareness of the stray animal overpopulation problem in the community. The demand for the services are so great that all of the almost 200 spay/neuter spots for dogs and were already full.