Through February, Planned Pethood Clinic is providing a special $20 spay/neuter surgery for 100 outside cats to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The funding is made available with support from a community grant from Walmart. The $20 special includes outside cat spay/neuter, post-op pain injection, rabies vaccination and ear tip, which is required to identify the cat as altered.

Planned Pethood Clinic was founded by the Franklin County Humane Society in 1999 to reduce the numbers of animals taken to shelters and pounds or abandoned at dumpsters. At that time, 90% of animals taken to the county animal control facility were being killed.

The humane society did not have the resources to open a shelter and decided to open a spay/neuter clinic as the most effective way to stop the killing of animals.

Planned Pethood Clinic was the second low-cost spay/neuter clinic to open in Virginia and opened in July 2000. More than 63,650 spay neuters have been provided at the clinic since then.

As the number of spay/neuters and the numbers of animals taken in by the humane society’s adoption center grew, the numbers of animals taken to animal control dropped. Now the adoption center takes in most of animals in need in Franklin County and works closely with Franklin County Animal Shelter staff to save animals there.

Humane society supervising veterinarian and medical director Marybeth Chaconas and her veterinary staff provide spay/neuter surgeries and wellness care for animals at the adoption center, as well as the pets of area residents. Dr. Ginny Tatum also joined Planned Pethood Clinic recently.

The goal of the special spay/neuter pricing is to encourage residents feeding outside cats to get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated, which will reduce the numbers of kittens born each year.

The humane society recommends that pets be altered by 4 months of age to prevent unplanned litters. Kittens as young as 4 months and puppies as young as 5 months are old enough to produce their first litter just two months later.

The humane society is asking for the community’s help by spaying/neutering their pets by 4 months of age, by not letting their pets roam freely and by contacting the organization for help with animals that need spay/neuter or homes. The humane society does not receive any government funding and relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to provide services.

This special price is for outside cats in Franklin County. Appointments are based on availability. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 489-3491.