The day begins before the crack of dawn. There is a long process of loading precious cargo into a van before the two hour drive can begin. For BARC volunteer, Jeanne Plants Southern, this has become a regular routine.
Jeanne co-ordinates trips to Help For Animals in Barboursville that allows Boone county pet owners to take advantage of low cost spay and neuters. BARC is now scheduling monthly trips for this service in an attempt to reduce the number if unwanted cats and dogs in the area.
Taking advantage of the program is easy. An email to BARC_wv@yahoo.com can put you in touch with Jeanne Southern. She can then schedule your pet for one of the upcoming spay/neuter days.
A meeting time and place will be arranged for her to put your animal on transport and then returned to you. Southern meets up with owners early in the morning or the night before surgery, transports the animals to the clinic, and then returns with them that evening.
Owners can choose a number of ways to pay Help For Animals for the vetting but BARC does not ask for transportation costs.
One of the most common reasons cited for not having fido fixed is the expense. Help For Animals offers spay/neuter and rabies vaccination for under $50. Locally, the cost for this service may run in excess of $100
According to some animal welfare organizations, a single female cat could be responsible for over 300,000 kittens in her lifetime. That staggering number alone is reason enough to have your pets altered.
There are also a number of health benefits cited as reason for having your pet altered.
According to the American Humane Association, neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. It also reduces the risk of some cancers in both males and females.
There are many facets to controlling the unwanted pet population. BARC believes spay and neutering your pets to be an important one.