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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Augusta Makes Progress on Spay/Neuter Thanks to Fundraiser

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta's Animal Services Department reports that more than 150 Pit Bull-breed dogs have been either spayed or neutered so far, resulting from January's $22,000 fundraiser with Fix Georgia Pets.

“This project to spay and neuter Bully-breed dogs in Richmond County will continue until these funds run out,” said Animal Services Deputy Director Crystal Eskola. “If the pet has not been registered and licensed, the owner will be required to do so. Once the animal is spayed or neutered and has a current rabies vaccination, the registration/license is free."

Eskola explains that the program provides the dog owner with a voucher for All God’s Creatures Veterinary Hospital. The owner must be a resident of Augusta/Richmond County. The Animal Services Department can mail the voucher to the dog owner, who would then be required to provide proof of residency at the point the dog is taken for the appointment.

Eskola said, "We have tried to make the process to obtain a voucher as convenient as we can for the owner of the dog or puppy. In fact, the owner can go to the Augusta animal shelter at 4164 Mack Lane, if that's more convenient."

The Fix A Pit – Healthier Pits, Healthier Community and a Reduction in Offspring Project began in Augusta on Feb. 1, 2018. Eskola estimates the program will be able to issue an additional 100 vouchers before the funds run out.

Vouchers have a 45-day expiration period and are issued to Richmond County residents who want to spay or neuter their Pit Bull, Pit Bull mix, or Bully-breed dogs and puppies over 5 pounds. The voucher will cover the total cost to spay/neuter the pet(s). The dog owner receiving the voucher will contact All God’s Creatures for the appointment date and time. Any additional services, such as rabies shots, hernia repairs, etc. will be the responsibility of the owner. The voucher will not cover additional services.

There is no limit of vouchers per household. The animals being altered, however, must belong to the household. Proof of Richmond County residency is required.

To obtain a voucher, contact Augusta Animal Services at 706-790-6836, or visit 4164 Mack Lane in Augusta.

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