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Mecosta County C.A.R.E.S is about stopping the overpopulation of unwanted pets. Our goal and directive of our Articles of Incorporation is to work for the benefit of our local animals that are surrendered to the shelter, picked up by animal control, abandoned, or in other words, to help animals that find themselves homeless. Spaying or neutering not only makes for a healthier pet but also stops the birth of animals for which there are no homes.
Since our first shelter certificate was issued in June of 1999, 791 owners adopting dogs from the Mecosta County Animal Shelter have redeemed our spay/neuter certificates. Our assistance has totaled over $24,090.
McCARES has also helped individuals who have needed assistance with spay/neuter for stray or abandoned dogs or cats they have generously taken in and given a home. To date, we have assisted with the spay/neuter of 535 of these dogs and cats.
McCARES sponsored a low cost cat spay/neuter clinic in the spring of 2011 with the help of Pleasant View Animal Clinic. This was our first clinic and assistance was provided to cat owners who found it difficult to pay for the alteration procedure. Thirty-two cats were altered. Some of the participants brought in feral cats that they care for.
Our goal is to stop overpopulation and the birth of unwanted pets. Our hope is to sponsor another cat spay/neuter clinic in the near future.