As we all, probably, know, I got a kitten a few months ago! Her name is Sid and I adore her. As a pet owner, I wanted to do the responsible thing and get her spayed. As much as I love her, I know that the world doesn’t need anymore kitty cats.
Because I’m poor I wanted to do this in the cheapest, but yet still legitimate, way possible. I went to the Dunn County Humane Society because they have a Reduced Spaying/Neutering application. They asked me a few questions to see if I was able to apply and it turns out, I wasn’t! Because I’m not in low income housing or on food stamps, I wasn’t applicable. Which seems RIDICULOUS to me. I made around $10,000 last year. The ENTIRE year. I just wanted to do the right thing and get my kitten spayed; you’d think that the Humane Society would be willing to support something like that. I am a full time student and I work when I can. Meaning, I don’t have $200 to just throw to a Vet. I’m sure there are plenty of other people in the world in the same situation!
As you can tell, I was pissed.
I didn’t want to pay $200+ to get Sid spayed but I also wanted to do the right thing. That’s when my sister told me about the MN Snap program! The MN snap program goes around offering reduced rates for rabies vaccinations, spaying, neutering, micro chipping, and all the other great stuff that is necessary when owning a pet. There rules are 1.) Be a MN resident 2.) Make less than $47,000 a year. Done and done.
I got Sid spayed on Saturday for $50. Ryan and I had to spend the whole day in Bloomington but we made a day of it! I got Sid spayed for very cheaply and I spent the day with Ryan.
I understand not being able to spay or neuter your animals because it is ridiculously expensive. I completely understand. What I learned though is that there’s options. When I started investigating more and more, I realized how many there actually were! Not all of them were doable for our situation; but they were still out there! I urge you all to look into your options before deciding you can’t afford it. There’s so many animals out there, especially cats, who just keep on reproducing. I think it can happen 2-3 times a year and they have 4-6 kittens every time!
I’m just trying to do my part as a pet owner and I urge you all to too.