Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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May 6, 2014

Spaying and neutering effort pays off

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Depending on the treasury, organizers sometimes give quantity discounts or assist low-income owners.

Just by word of mouth, “you’d be surprised how far we’re drawing people for our clinics,” including Cross Plains and Friendship.

Behlmer is noticing that the initiative to sterilize pets is making a difference. “From the beginning of PAAIN to now, the number of phone calls that we receive to say they have litters of puppies is greatly reduced.”

This month the nonprofit is hosting two events, one to help pets and the other to raise funds for many efforts. A pet vaccination clinic sponsored by Tri-County Veterinary Clinic and PAAIN is slated for Saturday, May 17, from 9-11 a.m. at Liberty Park Shelter No. 1. Vaccines: rabies one-year, $9; rabies three-year, $14; DHLPPC (protects against canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and corona virus), $21. Wormer: $15. Persons who donate one can of dog food receive a $1 discount. Cash and checks will be accepted.

A garage sale is Friday, May 30, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m.-noon at the spay/neuter clinic dropoff building at the State Road 46-Columbus Avenue intersection. All remaining items will be donated to the Ripley County Humane Society fall sale.

Volunteers are seeking treasures to be donated for the sale by May 24. Persons with donations or who would like to help with sale setup should contact Cutter, 812-934-4875, 812-212-3439 or wcutter@etczone.com.

Of the volunteers, Behlmer observes, “We’ve got a good group.” Other officers are Secretary Nan Larson and Treasurer Elaine Brouillette. The spay and neuter coordinator is Sue Hahn, Greensburg.

Even with 10-15 active volunteers, the president notes, “We can always use volunteers for transport drives, fostering, walking dogs” (at the street department on weekends) and helping at spay and neuter and vaccination clinics.

When stray dogs and cats are picked up by the Batesville Street Department, they are kept in kennels for five business days. If unclaimed, members are invited to evaluate the dogs to determine if they are adoptable. “We do foster some and send some on to other rescue organizations,” according to Behlmer.

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