Montgomery County residents on public assistance can have their male dogs non-surgically neutered for free December 22, thanks to a partnership among Montgomery County Spay Neuter Project, Texas Litter Control, Ark Charities, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart.
That's right -- thanks to a drug called Zeuterin, vets can sterilize male dogs without snipping off their junk. And dog owners "who are on disability, Social Security, unemployment, or food stamps will be eligible to participate," according to a press release from Texas Litter Control. (Zeuterin is currently only FDA-approved for dogs 3-10 months).
You've gotta sign up, though -- the offer is only good for 50 lucky folks (and their lucky dogs). However, you can still get your dog "Zeutered" at Texas Litter Control for between $60-$95.
While the procedure is free, a suggested $10 donation is appreciated.
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"The Zeuterin procedure is less invasive and excellent for those who do not agree with castration of male dogs," TLC Executive Director Deana Sellens stated in the release. "The dogs are lightly sedated and there is less risk of a reaction to the anesthesia. It also allows us to go into seriously [underserved] areas where low cost solutions are just not available."
As reported by the New York Times, Zeuterin is "a mix of zinc gluconate and arginine that is injected directly into a dog's testicles, killing the sperm and then shutting down the passageway through which it would normally travel. The results are permanent, and the process takes only a few hours, poses little risk compared with surgery, and works in 99.6 percent of dogs, according to research trials."
Texas Litter Control is a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic for cats and dogs, and is open from Monday-Saturday. "The clinic could not exist without the generosity of Petroleum Wholesale," which provides space for the clinic, and which has supported "the rescue of dogs and other companion animals for nearly two decades," according to the release.
The event will be held Dec. 22 at the Sallas Park Show Barn in New Caney, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments are required -- call 832-510-7622 to schedule.