Humane society, vets team up

Published 11:46 am Thursday, December 24, 2009

Animals adopted from the Chilton County Humane Society are now being spayed and neutered locally.

Since the society prohibited the adoption of unaltered animals, it had been using a low-cost clinic in Irondale to perform the procedures. While transportation was free, the animals could only be taken in large groups.

Humane Society Director Joe Murphy said local vets will allow the organization to maintain its current adoption fees.

“As veterinarians, we need to help out our local shelters,” said Dr. Jennifer Mobley of Chestnut Creek Animal Hospital in Verbena. “I want animals to be placed rather than to be euthanized.”

In addition to having animals spayed and neutered, the humane society also provides necessary vaccinations to dogs and cats prior to adoption.

Dogs receive the 7-in-1 shot, which protects against parvo and distemper, and the kennel cough vaccine. They are also given a heartworm test and flea treatment. Puppies receive their booster shots each two weeks apart.

“That’s all done before the dog is put up [for adoption],” Murphy said.

The current fees charged by the humane society are $100 for dogs and $75 for cats. Through Christmas, the charge is only $80 for dogs and $60 for cats.

The fees include the cost of having an animal altered and vaccinated.

“Our adoption fees are really competitive for what you’re getting,” Murphy said. “We appreciate the support all local veterinarians have given us.”

For more information or to inquire about adoption, call 755-9170.