(This story by Jebb Johnson originally appeared in the Daily Corinthian and appears here with permission.)
Earlier than first planned, the animal shelter’s new spay program is opening up to dogs countywide.
Initially limited to the Rienzi area, the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter’s ACSpay program launched with a big response from residents across the county. Beginning Friday, applicants will be accepted from countywide.
The first seven approved applicants from the test period will get appointments next week.
“We are excited about it,” said Charlotte Doehner, shelter director. “In communities where they have a low cost spay/neuter program, it has really reduced the number of animals being brought to the shelter.”
It is currently limited to dogs and spays, and the shelter would like to do 150 in a year.
At a cost of $25 to the animal owner, the dog will get the procedure and a rabies vaccination. The pets do not have to return for removal of stitches.
With Alcorn County planning to allocate $5,000 for the program, ACSpay will have $6,575 available. The pilot was launched with a $1,000 donation from county supervisor Tim Mitchell.
“We’ve got two grants written — one is with the ASPCA and the other is with PetSmart — that will add another $2,000 if we get those,” said Doehner.
Donations to the program are welcomed.
More than 700 animals were spayed or neutered at the shelter last year in conjunction with Mississippi State University’s veterinary program. With the potential to add 150 through ACSpay, “We are starting to make progress,” said Doehner.
Eligibility for the program is determined by income guidelines from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
To apply to have an animal spayed, contact the program administrator, Danyel Smith, at 808-4153.