Pahrump Valley Times
When the Pahrump Valley lost SNAPS, the spay/neuter assistance program here, residents had no options for getting veterinary costs discounted.
The program has been replaced with another 501(c)(3), Tails of Nye County Inc.
President Jackie Casano said the organization formed in March in response to the lack of low-cost spay/neuter assistance for pet owners.
She said as a result, the overpopulation of unwanted puppies and kittens was turned over to the Nye County Animal Shelter, which is also overcrowded. The result is euthanization.
Adult animals are also residing at the shelter due to abandonment by owners because the pet was no longer wanted. All animals adopted through the shelter must be spayed/neutered.
Casano said there is also assistance for pot-bellied pigs which she said are “very popular pets in Nye County.”
“Those, too, end up in the shelter.”
Tails of Nye County offers assistance to dog, cat and male pig owners by subsidizing the procedure.
Casano said, “We do this by issuing coupons for discounted pricing which are accepted by local, participating vets.
“The pet owner still has to pay for a portion of the procedure and Tails of Nye County pays the amount issued on the coupon.”
Tails of Nye County provided the first assistance on April 30, and Casano said as of Dec. 15, 110 animals have been spayed or neutered.
“That’s 110 animals that will live longer, healthier lives and will not contribute to the serious overpopulation problem which exists here.”
The organization depends on public support to keep moving forward to reducing the shelter’s burden and someday eliminating euthanasia rates.
Donations may be made on the website at www.tailsofnyecounty.com or by mail to P.O. Box 754, Pahrump, NV 89041-0754. Call 917-699-5572 for more information.