Now accepting applications! Fill out the following form... ACSPAY Application
To apply, please fill out the online ACSpay form.
The Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter with the support of the AC Board of Supervisors is proud to launch ACSpay. This is a new program to provide low-cost spaying for female dogs owned by fixed or low-income families. If you live in Corinth and Alcorn County, Mississippi, the cost is $25 will include the procedure and a rabies vaccination.
Available for fixed or low-income residents of Corinth and Alcorn County for dogs and cats/male and female.
The ACSpay pilot program began August 1, 2017 for Rienzi residents only. Alcorn County Third District Supervisor Tim Mitchell is the chairman for the program. Several area veterinarians have agreed to participate. The shelter is budgeting for about 40 per month. Once the program gets established, the shelter will look at expanding to include neuters and cats. Multiple supervisors are personally contributing donations to the program. Fundraisers are also planned to help support ACSpay.
Qualifying residents will be asked to bathe the dog the night before, not feed her after midnight, and bring her to the shelter on Proper Street on the morning of the appointment. The shelter will transport the dog to the participating clinic for the procedure. The owner will then pick up the dog between 4 and 5 p.m. at the shelter.
The Pet Population Problem
Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and puppies, are needlessly destroyed. The good news is that every pet owner can make a difference. By having your dog surgically sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and you will enhance your pet’s health and quality of life.
Pet Behavior And Pet Reproduction
Contrary to what some people believe, getting pregnant — even once — does not improve the behavior of female dogs. In fact, the mating instinct may lead to undesirable behaviors and result in undue stress on both the owner and the animal. Also, while some pet owners may have good intentions, few are prepared for the work involved in monitoring their pet’s pregnancy, cost and caring for the newborns and locating good homes for all the offspring.
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What Are The Benefits Of Spaying?
The operation leads to improved long-term health, prevent unwanted litters and eliminate many behavior problems associated with the mating instinct.
Benefits To Your Female Pet
Female dogs experience a “heat” cycle approximately every six months, depending upon the breed. A female dog’s heat cycle can last as long as 21 days during which your dog will leave blood stains in the house and may become anxious, short-tempered and actively seek a mate. Female dogs benefit from spaying which eliminates their heat cycles and generally reduces the negative behaviors that may lead to owner frustration and, ultimately, a decision to relinquish the pet to a shelter. Most importantly, early spaying of female dogs helps protect them from serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer.
What Is The Best Age To Spay My Pet?
Spaying can be done as early as a few months old. Your veterinarian can advise you on the most appropriate time for your particular pet based upon its breed, age and physical condition.
What Is Surgical Altering?
During surgical altering, a veterinarian removes certain reproductive organs. For a female, the veterinarian will usually remove her ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. The medical name for this operation is an ovariohysterectomy, although it is commonly called “spaying.” While spaying is a major surgical procedures, it’s also the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians. Before the operation, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that it is in good health. General anesthesia is administered during the surgery and medications are administered after the surgery to minimize postoperative pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after the surgery until the incision begins to heal.
Will The Surgery Affect My Pet’s Disposition Or Metabolism?
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Most pets tend to be better behaved following the operation, making them more desirable companions. Contrary to popular belief, the surgery will not make your pet fat. A balanced diet and exercise will keep your pet from experiencing the health risks associated with obesity.
Is The Expense For The Surgery Really Worth It?
Yes! This is a one-time expense that can dramatically improve your pet’s quality of life. If you are still uncertain whether or not to proceed with the surgery, consider the expense to society of collecting and caring for all the unwanted, abused, or abandoned animals being housed in shelters. Having your pet spayed is a part of responsible pet ownership and an important investment in your pet’s long-term good health.
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