County’s spay neuter program accomplishments recognized

County’s spay neuter program accomplishments recognized

(Aug. 30, 2013) Worcester County’s spay neuter program was recognized for its accomplishments during the recent Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.

During that conference, held Aug. 14–18, the program was the rural winner of the MACo President’s Healthy Counties Best Practices Award, which was started last year. The award recognizes Maryland county programs that enhance the health of a county through programs and partnerships that provide services to citizens in a fiscally prudent way.

Worcester County’s award-winning program offers spaying and neutering of cats and dogs by Dr. William Schultz at the Animal Control facility in Snow Hill.

“This much deserved state recognition comes with the added benefits of longer lives for cats and dogs,” said Bud Church, president of the Worcester County Commissioners. “It serves well for the county.”

Rates are low to enable pet owners to afford the service. It cost $50 to spay or neuter a cat and $100 to spay or neuter a dog. Services are performed two Mondays per month.

The commissioners approved the program in 2011 and it started in March 2012. During 2012, 167 animals had surgeries and as of Aug. 9, 65 animals have had surgeries this year.

The surgeries are performed during normal working hours and animals are picked up the same day to return home.

“It’s consistently and accurately a service for Worcester County,” Worcester County Animal Control Chief Sue Rantz said.

“Spay-Neuter Day fits our mission to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies, which might otherwise wind up homeless or be needlessly euthanized, Rantz said.

“This program makes an often expensive service affordable to those who would otherwise forego this needed service.”

Baltimore City’s Baltimarket Virtual Supermark­­­et Program was the urban winner of the MACo president’s award. That program enables citizens to order groceries online at home or at their local library, elementary school or senior/disables housing building. Groceries are delivered at no charge to a community site.

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