Colusa County pet owners who have recently spayed or neutered their dogs or cats may be reimbursed for a large portion of that fee starting October 1, 2013. Spaying and neutering is recommended for all non-breeding dogs and cats for their own health as well as the public well-being. Owners also benefit with reduced license fees and lower fees if the animal is picked up.
Pet owners may be reimbursed for up to two pets per household. Owners must submit the invoice from any California licensed veterinarian to the Animal Control office where a form will be completed authorizing the county to reimburse the owner up to $100 of the actual cost of the spay/neuter surgery. Receipts must be dated within 90 days. Reimbursement does not cover additional procedures such as vaccinations or after surgery care. All dogs must be licensed before reimbursement can be made.
The reimbursement program will be available as long as funds remain. This program is funded by fees collected on unaltered dogs that are picked up by animal control. This fee is mandated under California law. These fees can only be utilized for a spay/neuter program for Colusa County residents.
Spaying and neutering reduces the number of unplanned and unwanted puppies, kittens, and young adult dogs and cats that are euthanized each month at the Colusa County Animal Shelter. This program rewards responsible pet owners who care for the health of their pets as well as the health of the community.