LUMBERTON — More than 100 animals were snipped during the first week of the semi-annual Spay/Neuter Improve Pets program.
“We’ve been having a positive response,” said Dr. David Brooks, of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital.
His is one of five local veterinary hospitals taking part in the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s SNIP program, which continues through Saturday. The program aims to reduce the population of stray and unwanted pets in Robeson County.
The SNIP program provides low-income residents with vouchers that cover the cost of spaying or neutering their pets. Veterinarians are reimbursed for the surgeries by the state. The procedure, which includes anesthesia and surgery, normally costs as much as $150, depending on the size and breed of the animal.
Procedures are performed by appointment only.
In addition to Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, which can be reached at 910-521-3431, clinics that are participating are: Baird’s Animal Hospital in Lumberton, 910-739-4990; Southeastern Veterinary Hospital in Lumberton, 910-739-9411; South Robeson Veterinary Hospital in Fairmont, 910-628-7178; and North Star Veterinary Hospital in Parkton, 910-858-2525.
The SNIP clinic is held each year during March and September.