Anonymous donor gives $25,000 to help control pet population

A $25,000 donation from an anonymous source will help provide low-cost spay and neuter services to local pets.

The donor, operating under the name Emogene’s Fund, will provide $10,000 in certificates for assistance with spay and neuter costs to CLAWS, Grand Rivers Humane Society and Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Another $10,000 will go to certificates for Mesa County pet owners to help them with the price of spaying or neutering their animals.

The remaining $5,000 will pay for community education on pet sterilization.

Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty said the donor wanted to help with a service that would have the most impact.

McCarty said neutering pets not only helps curb pet overpopulation, it improves animal behavior that can sometimes lead to the animal running away and getting picked up animal control.

McCarty said people may be less able to afford sterilization procedures for their pets during a recession, but she said it’s an ongoing problem.

“It’s something people see as optional,” she said.

McCarty said the pet overpopulation problem is especially prominent in cats in Mesa County.

While the animal shelter saw a decrease in dogs arriving at the shelter in the first half of the year compared to the first half of last year, the number of cats staying at least temporarily in the shelter grew from 935 in the first six months of 2009 to 1,212 in the first half of 2010.


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