BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Humane Society is drawing attention to the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
Humane Society Executive Director Karen Matson told 12 News the lack of animals spayed and neutered in our area contributes to the homeless animal population.
“We’re hoping that people will get their animals spayed and neutered to minimize the number of animals looking for homes, because there just aren’t enough of them,” she said.
Matson adds the the winter can also bring along troubles.
“They’re reproducing, but now they’re at risk to cold temperatures and becoming ill from that,” Matson said. “They could get hit by a car, they could be injured by another animal.”
She says the spay and neuter option is not exclusive to just one time of the year, and is something pet owners should seriously consider if they haven’t done it yet.
“It is a responsibility that you should take seriously and really look at the benefits of having your pets spayed and neutered versus not.”
For pet owners who may not have the financial resources for spaying and neutering, the humane society may have a way to help.
“We offer a low-cost spay and neuter clinic here, for people of certain income requirements.The challenge for that is it is in high demand.”
And while the demand for the clinic may be rising, Matson calls it necessary.
“We always want to focus on what’s best for the animal, making sure they live long healthy lives.”