Willamette Animal Guild (WAG)
Willamette Animal Guild is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing low cost spay/neuter services in Eugene, Oregon. As a non-profit, they rely heavily on volunteers, donations, and word-of-mouth. As a result of the hard work and dedication of this organization, (and the much needed volunteers and donations) WAG has performed almost 16,000 spay/neuter surgeries in Lane County since 2008.
Their website states: “The mission of WAG is the prevention of cruelty to animals, with current emphasis on spay/neuter.” WAG is there to help prevent the rampant reproduction and suffering of dogs and cats by offering low cost spay/neuter. In addition to offering these surgeries at such a low price, Lane County Animal Services provides vouchers to be used at WAG, cutting the price down even more for those in need of some assistance. Low-income families can receive up to 4 vouchers a year, meaning 4 pets can be spayed or neutered at about half the regular price. Vouchers save you $25 per pet, or $30 to qualifying Veneta residents. In addition to these low prices for surgery, WAG also offers discounted vaccines to those pets fixed through their organization.
Male Cat——– $40, includes free flea treatment (with voucher costs $15)
Female Cat—- $50, includes free flea treatment (with voucher costs $25)
Dogs 0-50lb— $75 (with voucher costs $50)
Dogs 50-90lb- $90 (with voucher costs $65)
Feral Cat Package**— $40 (includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, flea/earmite meds and an ear tip to identify it’s vet care)
** Feral and free-roaming cats who will be re-released, either sex, qualify for this package. Ear tip is mandatory.
How You Can Help:
1. Spay/neuter your family pets. As adorable as our pets are, it is a bad idea to let them reproduce. Most people cannot keep all of the offspring, and because there are not enough homes for pets, they often end up in shelters or on the streets. Every pet that is not fixed has the potential to have a litter, and each of these babies has the potential to reproduce. By fixing your family pets, you know that you and your pet are not contributing to the animal homelessness and overpopulation problem.
2. If you feed stray/feral cats, you can save yourself money on cat food by trapping them and getting them fixed. If you are feeding an unfixed cat, chances are you will be feeding her kittens soon, although stray/feral kittens don’t last long on the streets. You can cut down on tragedy and suffering by preventing the reproduction of these homeless cats. Once they are released back to their area, the ear tip easily identifies the cat as “fixed”. Ask WAG about their Feral Cat Package.
3. If you know someone who is a landlord or runs a property management company, encourage them to include spayed/neutered pets in their rental contract. If a landlord already allows pets with a deposit, they are doing themselves a service by allowing only fixed pets. Landlords are often faced with the problem of tenant’s unfixed pets reproducing, and this can be alleviated by including spay/neuter in the rental contract. Landlords don’t stand to lose any money by doing this, in fact, this effort would cut costs in the long run. Tenants would be happier not having to feed or shoo away a ton of stray cats, and pet friendly landlords would be the new heroes in the animal rescue community.
4. Volunteer for a few hours a week, donate supplies, print and post ads for WAG, join WAG’s emailing list, shop at the WAG store online or make a financial contribution. Any and all efforts by the community are appreciated- In today’s economy, many can’t afford financial contributions, and while they are immensely helpful to WAG, there are many other ways to help. If you can only spare your time, it still makes a difference. If you (or someone you know) CAN afford a donation, WAG is a wonderful charity to support, and not only will your donation help spay/neuter more pets, but you can also write it off on your taxes. For more info, contact WAG at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Ask friends and family to help spread the word about the importance of spaying/neutering. If you are on Facebook, you can help promote WAG by liking and sharing their page.
Willamette Animal Guild: 3045 Royal Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
Stray Cat Alliance: http://www.straycatalliance.org/
Lane County Animal Services:
West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue: http://westcoastdogandcat.org/
Save the Pets: http://www.savethepets.net/
Spay/Neuter Resources for Homeless Pet Guardians: