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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Lafourche to reintroduce spay, neuter programs

Lafourche to reintroduce spay, neuter programs

Lafourche residents can soon have their pets spayed or neutered at a lower cost.

Lafourche’s program for this year ended Oct. 31 because the parish ran out of money. More than 1,600 vouchers were issued.

This year’s program began this month and is only guaranteed to last through March, Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter Manager Hilary Detillier said. After that, the parish will evaluate the results to determine its next step.

“It’s kind of like a pilot program to see if we can meet residents’ needs as well as keep the vets in the program as happy as possible,” Detillier said.

The program is available only to Lafourche residents, and they must show proof of residency.

Here are the costs:

- Cats -- $30.

- Dogs less than 25 pounds -- $90.

- Dogs more than 25 pounds -- $110.

Detillier said prices have changed to simplify the process and include a rabies vaccine. Lafourche allotted $86,000 for the program this year and $80,000 for next year.

“The parish is paying less money for dogs to get fixed and more money for cats to get fixed,” Detillier said. “It’s because of our intake numbers, the trends we’ve had at the shelter. We continue to see a decrease in the dog population and increase in the cat population.”

Last year, the shelter took in 1,075 dogs and 2,064 cats. As of early last Thursday afternoon, it had taken in 934 dogs and 2,355 cats this year.

Surgeries scheduled in Lafourche take place at veterinary clinics throughout the parish.

To sign up for Lafourche’s program, visit the shelter between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 934 La. 3185 in Thibodaux. Residents can also sign up from 7:30-10:30 a.m. every Monday starting Jan. 8 at the Mathews Government Complex, 4876 La. 1.

Information from Daily Comet / Houma Today