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NEWS ADVISORY

June 4, 2009
Contact: Lodi Animal Shelter, (209) 333-6741

Spay/neuter vouchers available for low-income pet owners

The City of Lodi is offering vouchers that allow low-income residents to spay or neuter their dogs or cats free of charge, as well as obtain a free rabies vaccination for their pets. Vouchers also are avaiable to some residents, regardless of income, to sterilize feral cats.

The vouchers are available at the Animal Shelter to residents who meet the following criteria:

  • Household income: Vouchers are available to residents who qualify based on household income. This information is available at the Animal Shelter and is contained on the vouchers. As an example, a family of four household members must have a combined gross income level below $49,050 to qualify for this program.
  • Qualifying pets: Vouchers may be used for spaying/neutering of pit bulls, pit bull mixes and cats. The vouchers will cover the cost of the spaying/neutering as well as the cost of a rabies vaccination.
  • Feral cats: Residents of any income living within a targeted area — primarily east Lodi neighborhoods — can receive a voucher for spaying/neutering of feral cats. A detailed map of the eligible areas is available at the Animal Shelter..

There are four local veterinary facilities currently accepting the vouchers. The names and addresses of these vets are available at the Animal Shelter, 1345 W. Kettleman Lane, or by calling the Shelter at (209) 333-6741.

Additional details and vouchers may be obtained at the Lodi Animal Shelter during business hours. Spaying or neutering pets helps keep the pet population down, reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the community.

The vouchers are funded through a $15,000 grant from the City of Lodi's annual federal Community Development Block Grant award.

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