Creation of a Low-Cost Wellness Clinic at Montgomery County Animal Shelter

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Montgomery County Animal Shelter is again at crisis level with the number of intakes and owner surrenders. Recently, MCAS took in 175 animals in 48 hours. Intake numbers for 2019 are currently running 7.9% higher than 2018.

Our county desperately needs a low-cost Wellness Clinic at MCAS for the health and safety of the animals, as well as residents in our community. WHY?

1.       Statistics show that owner surrenders are higher at shelters without low cost wellness options for intake diversion. Specifically, owners cannot pay for expensive office vet visits and monthly medicines which results in increased owner surrenders.

2.       A clinic of this nature would improve pet retention, decrease disease, improve public safety and ease the burden on the Montgomery County tax payer. Surrounding counties much larger and smaller than Montgomery County provide these services to their residents and they have proven beneficial. A low-cost community clinic would be self-sustaining thereby allowing growth of new programs to help save lives.

Services to be offered: Vaccinations, Flea/Tick Prevention, Heartworm Test, Heartworm Prevention, Microchipping and other services as defined by MCAS. This clinic could also serve as a partner with a non-profit for a spay/neuter voucher system at local vets as funds allow.

Montgomery County, Texas is the 11th most populated county out of 254 counties within the state.This population growth translates to our county shelter intake numbers of - 13,960 in 2017, 14,753 in 2018 and now studies show that MCAS is on target for 15,786 in 2019. WE need to work together to make a change in this disheartening progression.

The average cost to shelter a healthy animal at MCAS is $400-$600 annually. The majority of animals coming into the shelter are unfortunately NOT HEALTHY which significantly increases the average cost. The growth of our area will continue at a faster rate than what the existing shelter can handle, therefore WE NEED TO ADDRESS OUR COMMUNITY PROBLEM PROACTIVELY.  We have to help people become better owners in order to reduce intakes, disease and neglect. This is a beginning- wealth shouldn’t be a requirement to own and care for a pet.

Please join with us as we champion the creation of a low-cost Wellness Clinic at MCAS for the community. Please sign if you reside within Montgomery County and encourage others to share/support this initiative.

Thank you,

Lone Star Animal Welfare League, The Heartworm Foundation, Who Rescued Who, Safehouse Rescue & Adoptions, A Chance To Bloom, Texas Animal Society, Lucky Lab Rescue & Adoption, Albert’s Dog Lounge, ADAPT Rescue, Dog Lodge Sanctuary, Golden Beginnings, Houston Boxer Rescue, Houston Chow Chow Connection & Operation Pets Alive.