DURHAM (WTVD) -- Tuesday, Feb. 24 is World Spay Day, and to kick it off, the Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham is throwing a party.
"We're going to have a spay neuter party," explained Shafonda Davis, the Executive Director of the APS.
That kickoff party is how the APS plans to start handing out 100 vouchers allowing cat owners to spay or neuter their pets for just a $10 donation.
"You can purchase a voucher until we've sold out of the 100," said Davis. "But, you can only get the vouchers for $10 on Feb. 24. Otherwise, the voucher will cost $20."
The voucher program is open for Durham residents and you will need to show proof of residency.
Once pet owners obtain a voucher, the APS will set an appointment for the surgery which will be done in a few weeks.
"We have three scheduled spay days coming up," said Davis. "And, we're going to start with cats because kitten season is getting ready to begin and then, on our last spay day we'll start scheduling dogs."
Davis pointed out that if you have a dog that needs to be fixed, you can contact the APS now to inquire about vouchers. Surgeries will begin in March for the cats.
"We've partnered with SNAP NC for three dates -- two in March and one in April," said Davis.
"They'll be coming here to perform the surgeries in their mobile spay, neuter unit," said Davis. "It is a huge savings. It would cost between $100 and $200 depending on the sex and size of your pet and the health of your pet."
Davis said the Animal Protection Society of Durham pays the difference for these procedures because they believe it's one of the best ways to prevent thousands of kittens from becoming homeless.
"APS really believes in saving lives and we believe it can be done through spay and neuter," she said.
For more information on the APS of Durham's Spay Neuter Voucher program click HERE.
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