ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A new program aims to keep strays off St. Louis streets.

Around 5,000 veterinarians will gather in St. Louis this weekend for a convention, and the St. Louis Pet-Lovers Coalition won’t let the opportunity go to waste. The group is using the occasion to launch “No Unwanted Litters,” a program designed to make spaying and neutering more viable for low-income pet owners.

Nestle-Purina Vice President Betsy Cohen heads the coalition, and says that two animals can spawn up to 125 offspring in as little as two years. She said that with the offspring then reproducing as well, that number can grow to 60,000 in six years.

Cohen said low-income pet owners often have trouble affording spaying and neutering services.

“Private veterinarians … it could be anywhere from 150 to 300 dollars depending on the size, the age, the condition of the dog or cat,” Cohen said.

She said the coalition can offer spaying and neutering services for as little as $10 thanks to private and corporate donations.

This new campaign comes one week after the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted not to forward  $250,000 in collected taxes and donations to Stray Rescue.

Copyright KMOX Radio.


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