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We were like every other business, organization and person in 2020: We did our best during very difficult times. 2020 was not a kind year. Sadly, it does not appear that changing the last digit of the date on Jan. 1 provided a magical fix to anything. Very few things in this world come with simple solutions.

In 2020, though, we spent about $65,000 on something that is a simple solution to having too many unwanted animals. Through the courtesy of the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, we helped pay for the spay/neuter surgery of over 1,000 surgeries. This brought the total since 1993 to approximately 40,000 surgeries!

Our $75 rebate for City of Danville residents and $50 rebate for Pittsylvania County residents will continue.

Shortly after forming as the Danville-Pittsylvania County Humane Society in 1975, and long before the surgery was as well-known in this area, the board established a spay/neuter subsidy program. There was not a lot of money, but small rebates were given.

In the fall of 1993 when we received the first disbursement of $75,000 from The E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, the board was unanimous in the decision to use the money exclusively for the purpose of helping to reduce the pet overpopulation. 

Through the years, many programs have been used, including rebates, paying for the full amount of the surgeries for the mothers in cases of litters of kittens and puppies being released to us, transporting animals to various low-cost, high-volume clinics, bringing mobile clinics to our parking lot, offering to pay for the surgery for all outside cats and chained dogs, and giving grants to local veterinary clinics. 

Spaying or neutering every dog or cat is the responsible thing for owners to do. It is estimated that for every human born, there are 15 dogs and 45 cats born. There are not enough homes, and there are even fewer good homes.

The medical benefits are numerous. Neutering males decreases and often eliminates diseases that intact male dogs are prone to later in life, including diseases of the prostate, testicles and other tissues influenced by male hormones.

Spaying female dogs and cats entirely eliminates diseases of the ovaries and uterus, and if performed before the first heat, greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Behavior is only positively affected by the sterilization surgery. A neutered male cat’s territorial spraying is decreased. And spayed or neutered dogs and cats fight less and wander less. 

If you have a dog or cat that has not had this surgery, please call us at 799-0843 to find out when you may pick up your rebate certificate. There are simple guidelines:

1. The animal must belong to a resident of Danville/Pittsylvania County and must reside with the owner in Danville/Pittsylvania County.

2. The rebate cannot be used to sterilize a stray animal that does not belong to the

3. The certificate may not be used for any animal adopted from another shelter or rescue group or for an animal that is going to be released to another shelter or rescue group.

4. If the cat is feral, there must be an owner who is prepared to provide food, water, veterinary treatment, and shelter for the cat for its lifetime.  The cat may not be released on to any public property, but must live on the property of the person trapping and releasing the cat.

5. The certificate must be obtained at least the day before the animal is taken to the veterinary clinic for the surgery.  The certificate cannot be combined with any other DAHS program, including DAHS grant money paid to veterinary clinics.

6. The certificate must be used and redeemed no more than four months after the date on the certificate.

7. No more than five certificates may be obtained by the same household during a 12 month period.

8. If the surgery costs less than the advertised rebate amount, the rebate amount will be the cost of the surgery, not including the cost of shots, flea treatment, etc.

Let us keep veterinarians very busy with spay/neuter surgeries in 2021!  It is a simple solution to a large problem.

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