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Humane Society provides Lehigh residents with spay/neuter transit

June 13, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Gulf Coast Humane Society is now offering a round-trip spay and neuter transport service for Lehigh Acres residents. The transit is now available for both cats and dogs, with spay and neuter fees range from $50 to $150 depending on the size of the pet.

According to Melanie Waite, spay and neuter clinic manager, the service is an attempt to reach residents who may not have the time or ability to get their pets to their Fort Myers location.

"A lot of people work full-time and are therefore unable to get their pets into our clinic on time or they just don't have a way to get here period. We believe this is one of the main reasons why people procrastinate getting it done," explained Waite.

The first spay and neuter transit was scheduled on June 7 and left from the Walmart shopping center in Lehigh. While this is the first transit program locally, other areas in Lee County are already in full swing and continue to be very busy.

"We are currently offering the transport in both Immokalee and Montura and seeing great results. A lot of people are taking advantage of it. We transport up to 25 dogs/cats per transit. Both places are presently booked through June and July," said Waite.

The transit program is another attempt by the agency to gain more control over the increased canine and feline populations.

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"Just last year, we had a grant that was strictly to be used to pay for the spay/neuter services of pets coming from Lehigh Acres -?a grant that we never used up. People didn't take advantage of it probably due to distance, so we thought we would help get their pets to us," said Waite.

Those interested in using the service need to call 239-332-1573 and make an appointment, because spots are limited.

"We have a van so we need to know exactly how many pets we are picking up. The only thing owners need to bring is a current rabies certificate," said Waite. "Those animals that are not up to date on their rabies vaccine can receive their vaccination at time of surgery for $15.

GCHS asks residents to take advantage of the service and not let the lack of transportation or a tight schedule get in the way of getting their pets fixed.

Prepaid payments are preferred and can be done over the phone prior to pick-up. Individuals may also pay cash or use a credit card when they drop their pet off. All pets will be sent home with post-op instructions for their return home care.

"We also offer discount pricing for those people who receive government assistance. They just need to bring some sort of proof when they drop off their animal," said Waite.

Those residents who want to take advantage of the service must reserve their spot in advance by contacting:

Gulf Coast Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic @239-332-1573 or by email

Drop off and pick-ups are at Walmart, 2523 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL, 33971

Pets must be dropped off at 7 a.m. and can be picked up at 5 p.m.



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