The Missaukee Humane Society (MHS) of Lake City has been awarded a $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor to start a community spay and neuter program for qualifying Missaukee County residents.
Established in 1989, MHS works seven days a week caring for homeless pets in the community. Many, from unwanted litters who find their way through the shelter system. “If we can prevent this cycle before it begins, it will decrease the number of homeless dogs and cats in our shelter,” said Kyle Musselman, shelter manager. MHS cares daily for 40-45 dogs and 65-70 cats and relies solely on donations from the public and private individuals.
A community spay and neuter program has been a long-term goal for shelter manager Kyle Musselman, who has been at the shelter for almost 10 years. “We receive many calls from county residents who have a litter of kittens or puppies who need to bring them in to find homes. People always want to adopt puppies and kittens. Which means the older dogs and cats are overlooked. We want to increase their adoption rates and reduce the number of unwanted pets in Missaukee County.”
The spay and neuter program begins November 18, 2013 and runs through June 10, 2014. Interested people are encouraged to contact MHS. Designated MHS staff will conduct door to door visits in certain Missaukee County communities for participation in the program.
In addition to the community spay and neuter program, MHS offers low-cost microchipping for community owned pets. “Many animals are brought to the shelter with new collars, but no forms of indentification. We offer microchipping for $20 per animal and as stray animals come into the shelter they are scanned by staff.” said Musselman. “Microchipping creates a faster reunion with your pet.”
Micro-chipping is the implantation of an identification chip in the back of the neck of the animal. MHS microchips are universal, meaning they are read by any scanner worldwide. MHS does ask you to make an appointment to schedule microchipping for your dog or cat.
Spay and neuter voucher applications will be available on the MHS website or in person at the shelter. For questions regarding this program or micro-chipping your pet(s), please contact shelter manager Kyle Musselman. 231-839-3800