We love our pets. Dogs and cats are literally everywhere and we have some really great animal shelters in the state, that you will happily find your new furry friend with ease.

There are also a lot of people who have strays come to their homes. Whether it's in town or at the farm, it's not uncommon. Then all of the sudden your favorite farm cat has 6 little kittens or your dog has a belly full of puppies. It happens.

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You will often see that these pet owners will have kittens and puppies for giveaway or for a small "rehoming" fee. As pet owners, we know that no pet is cheap, even if you do get it for free. You will still need to have regular vet checks, licensing, and of course your pet will need to be or should be spayed or neutered.


February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and the lovely staff over at Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter know the importance of having your pet 'fixed'. Not only does it help with over population, but it can also have health/behavioral benefits for your pet.

If you are a low income family, you can take advantage of this opportunity by signing up for a FREE spay or neuter. YES totally free! It's quick and easy to sign up for this opportunity by heading to Heart of the Valley's official website.



Every year Heart of the Valley helps with over 700 spays and neuters, just last year they performed over 1200 of those services. If you have any questions, reach out to Heart of the Valley.

Let's get your dog or cat on the list today.

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