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Spaying program assists low-income cat owners

LEVERETT — Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society is once again offering a program to spay the pet cats of low-income residents of Greenfield, Orange and Turners Falls for free with some help from Petsmart Charities.

For a limited time, cats belonging to low-income people or people caring for feral cats can be fixed for free at the Dakin Humane Society as part of a grant received from Petsmart.

Candice Lash, spokeswoman for Dakin, said across the Pioneer Valley more than three-quarters of the animals entering area shelters are cats.

“The Petsmart Charities grant helps us assist those community members who want to neuter or spay their own animal, but have limited financial means to do so,” according to Dakin Executive Director Leslie Harris.

She said kittens as young as 2 months or kittens who weigh 2 pounds can be spayed or neutered. She said younger animals recover more quickly and early sterilization helps prevent certain types of cancer in animals.”

To take advantage of the program, clients will need to provide proof of residency at the time of surgery.

Help with transportation is available.

Lash said people who live in other towns, but need help with a spay or neuter should call Dakin to discuss other options.

For more information, call Dakin’s Springfield facility at 413-781-4019 or the Leverett facility at 413-548-9898 or visit: www.dpvhs.org.

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