The Belize Humane Society and its various branches across the country have come up with a generous method of helping Belizeans control their pet population.
The decision to pay half of all spays and neuters comes after the society had to close down its animal shelter at mile 4 on the George Price Highway.
It also comes after the Belize City Council temporarily discontinued the euthanization of stray animals. That euthanization program, while deemed necessary to control the spread of disease and keep garbage in its proper place, was widely criticized because the animals always died painful, cruel deaths. Now the various branches of the Belize Humane Society conduct fundraising initiatives to carry out what is normally an expensive undertaking for poorer families.
In Belize City, Gillian and Gordon Kirkwood conduct their fundraising efforts at the Belize Tourism Village on cruise ship days. In the other parts of the country, the local veterinarian can refer pet owners wanting the procedure done on their pets, to the Society’s representative in those communities.
Aside from the significant money it saves pet owners in the longer run with unwanted pet off springs, food and medical expenses, spaying and neutering your dogs and cats also prolongs the animals’ lives because it prevents cancerous tumours from developing in their reproductive organs.
The price of the procedures vary from area to area, but generally, female dogs would cost around $200 while male dogs cost half of that.
In addition to meet half of that, the Belize Humane Society also conducts rescue of animals in distress or animals that are lost or abandoned and find homes for those that can be rehabilitated and given a better quality of life. Those that are injured or can’t be rehabilitated are euthanized humanely, through a process that is painless and not traumatizing to the animal.