Ever wonder why you don’t see a lot of stray dogs and cats running around?
For each of the past five years, Batesville-based People Assisting Animals In Need volunteers have helped get almost 600 pets living in Ripley, Franklin, Decatur and Dearborn counties sterilized, reports President Judy Behlmer. Since beginning the initiative in April 2005, 4,719 – 3,202 cats and 1,517 dogs – have been altered thanks to the organization.
When asked how the organization has evolved since its founding in 2003, Vice President Celeste Cutter answers, “I think we’ve definitely become more focused on our low-cost spaying and neutering and not so focused on transporting large numbers of animals out East.”
Why should people get their dogs and cats sterilized? Cutter says, “If you have one momma dog and one daddy dog and they are not spayed or neutered, say they have a litter of seven. Each of those seven have another litter of seven. You’re up to over 200 dogs in no time at all.” According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, “Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years.”
PAAIN schedules a transport service for area pets to be spayed and neutered twice monthly, on first and third Mondays, at the United Coalition for Animals, Cincinnati, which just celebrated 60,000 surgeries. Fees are $35 for cats and $65 for dogs. Cats at least 2 months old and weighing at least 2 pounds and dog at least 4 months old are dropped off and picked up at a white building with maroon awnings at the corner of State Road 46 and Columbus Avenue, Batesville.
Owners must show proof of rabies vaccines or pay $10 for shots. UCAN also offers flea and tick treatments, deworming, annual vaccines, heartworm and feline leukemia testing, microchipping and small hernia repair. To schedule a surgery, PAAIN volunteers can be reached at 812-932-DOGS or the Web site www.paain.org.