Humane Society receives $30,000 grant for free pet spay and neutering in San Juan Co.

The Humane Society of Moab Valley has received a grant for more than $30,000 from PetSmart Charities to spay and neuter 380 already owned dogs and cats in Monticello and Blanding in San Juan County.

The Humane Society of Moab Valley, a nonprofit organization supported entirely by donations and grants, has found homes for more than 1,800 pets and spayed/neutered over 4,100 owned and surrendered dogs and cats since it was founded in 1999.

The free dog and cat sterilizations will be offered for any pet living in zip codes 84535 and 84511 in San Juan County, Humane Society officials said.

“This is an exceptional opportunity and one that will end when the grant money runs out,” said Leigh Ryan, executive director of the Humane Society of Moab Valley. “We really want to see pet owners in the Monticello and Blanding zip codes take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the unwanted pet population in this area.”

PetSmart Charities officials said the grant will help the Moab-based organization take a “proactive approach” to reducing the number of unwanted pets in the area.

“By providing no-cost spay and neuter services to local pet parents, the Humane Society of Moab Valley is taking a proactive approach to preventing unplanned litters, lowering shelter intake and reducing pet homelessness,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities. “Through their lifesaving work, the Moab community will be one step closer to finding forever homes for all pets in need.”

The Moab Veterinary Mobile Clinic will provide the free spay and neuter service on behalf of the Humane Society. The mobile clinic is at the Monticello Fairgrounds located at U.S. 491 East in Monticello, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Residents can call 435-259-8710 to make an appointment for the free sterilizations. At least one clinic in Blanding will also be scheduled, Humane Society officials said. A limited number of rabies shots are also available.

“Our vision is that every pet has a safe, healthy, happy life and a forever home. We have worked hard to make that happen in the Moab area and we want to work toward that end in San Juan County,” said Saxon Sharpe, president of the Humane Society of Moab board of trustees. “This grant will go a long way toward helping us to do that.”

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness through increased spay and neuter efforts. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as Humane Society of Moab Valley, PetSmart Charities has funded more than 1.4 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.

For more information about Humane Society of Moab Valley or the PetSmart Charities, visit moabpets.org or www.petsmartcharities.org