Through a coordinated effort with Melissa Gentry, who operates Rescue Dog and End of Life Sanctuary, Keywood Animal Clinics Dr. Mandy Britt, and fellow Johnson Countian, Kat Schuman, a generous and anonymous benefactor has donated monies that are now available to provide free spaying and neutering of dogs in Johnson County. The plan went into effect approximately two months ago and 100 dogs have already been spayed or neutered.
Johnson County has had a problem with stray and abandoned dogs for many years. Gentry has been rescuing animals for 15 years, but the problem began long before that. She receives animals that are pulled from kill shelters; others are often homeless or abandoned by their owners. Through the efforts of Gentry and her organization, approximately 500-750 dogs are rescued every year and the majority comes from this area. Before they are adopted out, the dogs receive three rounds of vaccines that include distemper, parvo, corona and are dewormed. Puppies that arrive at Rescue Dog and End of Life Sanctuary are at least eight to 12 weeks old before they are ready for a new home. If local homes cannot be found, they are sent to North Shore Animal League in New York. Before going to a forever home, they not only receive all of their shots, but they are spayed or neutered before being placed in a home that has already been pre-approved.
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