Voluntary Tax raised $45,000 for Spay/Neuter Services
In November 2016, the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted to create the “Voluntary Animal Control Spay/Neuter Tax.” This voluntary tax allows county residents to add $5 to their personal or business property tax bill. The County is proud to announce that in its first year, the spay/neuter fund collected approximately $45,000.
A portion of the funds collected will go toward the county’s first spay/neuter event—the Pulaski County Big Fix, Thursday, November 30 at the Little Rock Animal Village. Pet owners for a small deposit of $10 can have their pets spayed or neutered. Pulaski County will cover the cost of the surgery.
“Spay/neuter surgeries can typically cost up to $450 depending on the size or gender of the pet, the vet and the facility,” said Arkansans for Animals Director, Jake Hillard. “County pet owners who would not be able to afford the procedure are getting an invaluable service practically for free.”
Those interested must pre-register November 6 – 9, in person, at Arkansans for Animals at 11701 Interstate 30, Suite 2 Little Rock, AR 72209. Pet owners are asked to bring proof of Pulaski County residency such as a utility bill or a county property tax receipt and the $10 deposit.
The day of the procedure, if an owner can show proof of vaccinations, the deposit will be returned. Without proof, the $10 deposit will go toward a rabies vaccination; a vaccination required by law.
“The amount collected is great for our first year,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I thank the Quorum Court for seeing the need and Pulaski County residents for their generosity. With the remaining funds, we will assist city shelters with spaying and neutering their adoptable pets. Through our partnership with Arkansans for Animals and the use of their mobile unit, we will provide subsidized spay/neuter services to residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. It’s my hope to see the fund grow each year, which will allow us to expand the service to more pet owners,” he said.
For more information about the Pulaski County Big Fix, call Arkansans for Animals at 501-455-5400.