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Cutting to the Core

The season is almost upon us. The season of dropping off unwanted cats or dogs in the country, that is.

It seems that when spring starts to heat up the animals begin piling up. The season usually lasts until the end of the harvest, usually around October.

So please, let me be the first one to throw out a reminder for this year. Spay or neuter your pets. Sure, it can take a little from your pocket book but these are things that should have been thought about before responsibility was taken to raise a pet.

I live out in the country and it's just heart wrenching to drive by an abandoned dog. The dog will look at every car with an anticipation of seeing its owner, only to be disappointed as the car continues on.

I see old dogs, young dogs and puppies wandering around the roads in the county. Their only crime is being unwanted.

I was looking up some animal shelters online and one had a quote about an apparent question on the adoption fees.

"If you don't have $80 to adopt the animal then you don't have the money to take the animal to the vet."

It's an unattributed quote but it makes sense. How can you expect to take care of an animal if you can't even afford an $80 adoption fee?

When someone stops by your house with a cute kitten needing a home, some questions need to be asked.

Why do you and your family want to get a pet? Who in your family is going to take care of the pet? Are you and your family prepared to bring in a pet? Will your pet fit in with you and your family's lifestyle? Can you afford to feed and take care of a pet?

These are all important questions to ask yourself and your family before taking on that responsibility.

If everyone just took a little personal responsibility when it comes to pets then there wouldn't be such a high need for animal control officers or animal shelters.

Spaying or neutering your pet is easy and inexpensive. The cheapest place in the area is Zillah Veterinary Clinic. To neuter a cat is just $33 and to spay the animal it's $52. To neuter a dog the cost is $56 and to spay is $66.

Pet Health Clinic in Sunnyside charges $59 to neuter a cat and $90 to spay it. For dogs, it will cost $90 to neuter it and spaying starts at $106 and goes up from there according to weight.

The Prosser Animal Hospital charges $60 to neuter a cat and $90 to spay it. To neuter a dog, prices start at $90 and to spay a dog prices start at $100. The cost goes up depending on the weight of the animal.

If a family is looking for a pet the Humane Society of Central Washington is a good place to look. Located in Yakima, adoption fees are $70 for kittens and $50 for adult cats. Puppies cost $90 to adopt and adult dogs cost $80.

The fee includes the animal's first vaccinations, spay or neutering and a micro chip for dogs.

So let's remember this season to spay or neuter our pets and if looking for one, remember to go to a quality shelter where the spaying or neutering is done for you.

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