SHELTERS: Spay or neuter your cat — it’s a viable option to fight overpopulation

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IDAHO FALLS — Spaying or neutering your cat doesn’t have to be expensive.

The East Idaho Spay/Neuter Coalition is offering vouchers at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of the Upper Valley. Set up an appointment with a vet and redeem the voucher at the time of service to pay $20 copay per pet. There are a limited amount of vouchers available.

“It can be about $80 to $150 per pet,” Irene Brown with the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter told EastIdahoNews.com of typical spaying and neutering costs. “It depends on the vet.”

A large problem EISNC faces is the overpopulation of cats in east Idaho. For most animal shelters, the solution is putting them down.

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“It’s not the kittens’ fault,” said Brown. “We put down approximately 2,000 cats every year.”

EISNC has set a goal to become a “no kill” location. This means it would help with sterilization to those who bring their cats in. To help the community get involved, they have created a number of events to encourage and inform people about the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets, with such events as “Spay-ghetti No Balls” and “Wine For Whiskers.”

Coming up is “Let’s Taco’Bout Spay Neuter” on Nov. 3 at the Idaho Falls Activities Center on Skyline Drive. People are invited to pay for a plate of tacos and other foods. All of the proceeds will go towards issuing more spay and neuter coupons. Brown says organizers are hoping for 200 people to attend.

To help with overpopulation of cats, you can also adopt one from one of the local shelters, which have seen a large increase in feline populations.

And spaying and neutering doesn’t just have benefits for the cat population — it can save an animal’s life.

Spaying or neutering your pet will help “prevent uterine infections and breast tumors” as well as prostate cancer, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.