Midland’s Spay / Spay Voucher program currently offers residents the option to have their community pets and cats spayed for a price of $ 70. Without the program, many residents simply cannot afford to have their pets neutered and cannot afford to help the city control the community’s cat population. This was the case before COVID-19 and the 2020 oil crisis and continues to be so, as so many people in our community are just getting back on their feet.
While it is true that the cost of the spay / neuter voucher program is borne by the municipal taxpayer, so are the costs of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. The difference is significant: Preventing these litters costs much less than bringing them to an already overwhelmed animal shelter – where, according to 2019 data, only about half of the animals entering through the shelter’s front door get into the shelter. came out alive. Also, the unfortunate fact is that when it comes to saving the lives of shelter animals, Midland sits near the bottom of the list statewide with just 48.2% of the nearly 7,200 animals. entering the refuge – and Texas is near the bottom of the list nationally. Therefore, an ounce of waste prevention is worth, as they say, a pound of cure.