TAVARES – February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and there is no better time to take advantage of Lake County’s Spay/Neuter Rebate Program.
The county is encouraging residents to bring their pet to a veterinarian to have them spayed or neutered, then complete an application though the county that will provide up to a $50 rebate. Last August, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved funding for the rebate program to help residents with the costs of spaying or neutering their dogs and cats.
“We are glad to help county residents find a more affordable way to have their pets sterilized,” said Cyndi Nason, manager of the Lake County Animal Services Division. “This program is a great incentive for people. It is not only beneficial for the well-being of beloved family pets, but also serves to reduce the population of unwanted animals that could end up in our shelter.”
According to a USA Today report, neutered male dogs live 18 percent longer and spayed female dogs live 23 percent longer than their un-fixed counterparts. In the U.S., there are over 6 million homeless animals entering shelters every year, with less than half being adopted, according to the U.S. Humane Society.
The Lake County Spay/Neuter Rebate Program is open to pet owners who are full-time residents of Lake County. A total of $50,000 has been dedicated for the program, with funding being provided by donations and past fines collected. Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
To review the program’s eligibility guidelines, or to view frequently asked questions, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/rebate. Rebate application forms can be downloaded and submitted online, or obtained at Lake County Animal Services, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.
To find out more about adopting a pet from Lake County Animal Services, call 352-343-9688 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt.