Columbia Animal Control gives out free spay and neuter vouchers

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Animal Control gave out free vouchers to spay and neuter cats and dogs at the Central Missouri Humane Society (CMHS) Tuesday.

The vouchers were only for low-income Boone County residents. Applicants were required to show proof of low-income status such as food stamps or a Medicaid card.

These vouchers are actually available year-round. Every year the city buys 400 vouchers for low-income residents to reduce pet population, but they brought 100 to CMHS Tuesday to try to give out as many as possible because it is "breeding season".

"A big part of why we're doing this is just to raise awareness about the need to spay and neuter pets," said Humane Society spokesman Colin LaVaute. "The only way that we are going to start to control pet overpopulation is by spaying and neutering the furry friends in our house."

LaVaute said the event brought in more applicants last year, when CMHS actually gave out more than the expected 100.

"It was crazy last year," LaVaute said. "People were lined up all the way to the street. I'm not really sure why there are less people this year."

LaVaute said the shelter gave out around 30 vouchers by 12:30pm. The event ended at 1pm.

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