The state's spay
and neuter voucher program paid for itself through an increase in the pet
registration fee for pet owners.
"It's collected to the point where it's got to be quite a sizeable amount," said Ludwig. "That money is designated only for spay-neuter assistance."
It costs a $15 co-pay for pet-owners that qualify for the program. In order to qualify you must prove eligibility by being in something like a food stamp program or be on social security disability.
Dr. William Condie,
"You know people are going to have pets and if they can't afford to have them spayed or neutered they're going to cause problems, so that's reason for the program," said Condie.
Dr. Condie knows
the stray problem too well. His
"People can't keep them, they dump them out, if they haven't been spayed or neutered they just add to the problem," said Condie.
Several county board members were against the measure. They said if you could afford an animal, you should be able to afford the costs that come with it. Ludwig says he understands their point of view, but considers the program as a means to an end.
"If we do this for 3 - 4 years, this spay-neuter program, then maybe we won't even need the program," said Ludwig. "Maybe the whole thing will just disappear."
Both Winnebago and
Boone counties participate in the state's program. In