Montgomery County, Texas is in crisis due to an ever-increasing number of homeless, neglected, and abandoned animals entering our local animal shelters. Each year, more than 22,000 unwanted cats and dogs are brought in as strays or surrendered by their owners. A large percentage of these animals are euthanized.
Many of the animals that enter the shelter are puppies and kittens, the product of unintentional litters. While many litters are born to neighborhood strays or feral cats, a significant number come from unintended unions between unaltered pets. The puppies and kittens arrive to the shelter in boxes and tubs, and many die, as the baby animals lack a fully developed immune system.
The newly formed Alliance to Spay/Neuter Montgomery County is a consortium of rescue organizations, shelters and animal welfare groups working cooperatively to promote and provide spay-and-neuter services in order to prevent litters. Comprehensive, county-wide availability of very low-cost or free spay-neuter services is a proven method that over time significantly reduces the number of animals that are brought to shelters.
A free vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Precinct 4 County Barn in New Caney. Beyond providing vaccinations, the clinic will enable interaction with pet owners to provide information, and sign pets up for spay-neuter surgery.
Members of the Alliance have combined resources, and will match up pet-owners with vouchers for free and discounted spay-and-neuter surgery. Funding has been obtained to provide spay-neuters for dogs and cat whose owners reside in east Montgomery County. Vouchers will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some surgery appointments will be made on-site. Limited transportation help is also planned to help owners keep the appointments for their pets.
Funds are already in place to mount this first effort in New Caney, but the problem is not limited to this particular area. Free-roaming, unaltered dogs and cats exist throughout the County. As a community that cares about our animal companions, we need to change the dynamics in our county and begin to manage population growth thorough aggressive spay-and-neuter assistance. This is a critical step to preventing countless deaths of animals in our shelters.
Support this work by volunteering and donating to any of the rescue groups participating in the alliance:
- K-9 Corral – 281-354-9546
- Lone Star Animal Welfare League – www.LSAWL.org
- Spay Houston – www.spayhouston.org
- Montgomery County Animal Society – www.mcaspets.org
- Bruce Kapp Memorial Animal Fund – www.brucekappanimalfund.com
- Wag’s and Whiskers – www.wagstowhiskerstx.com
- Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas – www.conroeanimalshelter.com
- Clipped Ear Sanctuary – www.clippedear.org
- Operation Pets Alive – www.operationpetsalive.org