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BC Animal Shelter urges residents to get cats spayed or neutered

Becky Cardwell, Mike Porter, and Stacy Gaskey

The Butler County Animal Shelter will be providing the residents of Butler County with three opportunities to help control the cat population by getting their cats spayed or neutered in March. Shelter Director Franklin "Puppy Dog" Morris says that the cost will only be $20 and that this is a bargain since this service typically costs over $100. The shelter will take just 15 cats for spaying and neutering on March 14, 21, and 28.

"We're trying to lower the number of cats being put down because there are not a lot of cats being adopted out there. Cats can have kittens up to four times a year, and they can start having kittens at just 5 or 6 months. They can multiply so fast and that is why the world is overpopulated with cats," said Morris. He added, "We just want to do anything we can do to help the cats."

"Puppy Dog" fills out a receipt for a customer

Morris continued, "We believe that once people invest the $20 in getting their cat fixed they will take more pride in their cat. They can enjoy their cats better, they will be more likely to take better care of it, they'll take it to the vet when it gets sick, the cats won't roam so much, you won't have to worry about having kittens . . . there's just so many positives to getting your cat fixed."

Butler County Animal Assistance President Mike Porter agreed with Morris saying, "People are going to take more interest in their cat and they'll take more care of their cat once it is fixed. That's the only way we're going to control the population; if we can't get the cats spayed or neutered, then they're going to multiply."

Becky Cardwell fills out the paperwork for a cat to get fixed

Morris says that the Butler County Animal Assistance has partnered with the FiXiT Foundation to provide the BC Animal Shelter with the opportunity to provide this service for such a low cost. BCAA President Porter says that the BCAA receives funding from private donations as well as a trust that was established for the betterment of the animals of Butler County.

Morris says in order to get their cat fixed, people just need to call and schedule their cat for one of the dates available. People can pre-pay as well so all they have to do on that day is bring their cat in to the shelter between 7:30 and 8 a.m. that Wednesday. Their cat will be available for pick-up around 5 that afternoon. In addition to getting fixed, each cat will receive a rabies shot. He also says that your cat can be wormed if it is needed.

Since there are only 15 spots available each day, Morris urges anyone who is interested to go ahead and schedule their pet for one of these dates. The Butler County Animal Shelter is located at the end of Boat Ferry Rd. in Morgantown and is open from 7:30-12:30 Monday throught Friday, from 7-10 on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Call (270) 526-2694 to make your appointment today.

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