KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With kitten season rapidly approaching, the Humane Society has made Tuesday, February 25 is World Spay day. The local Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk offers low-cost spay and neuter all year-round.
"Pretty soon across the country, shelters are going to be filling up. It's all wonderful, but there's too many," said Sharon Secovich, who coordinates the shelter's vet clinic.
The shelter said the main reason people don't spay or neuter their pets is the cost. The shelter has offered discounted spay and neuter to low-income families since May 2011, said Secovich.
"We realized there was a need. Our cat intake has gone by about 47 percent since we started it," she said.
She said that Maine especially has a problem during kitten season. Secovich said spay or neuter is safe at eight weeks, but the clinic prefers 12 weeks. She said people often wait until six months, but cats can become pregnant at four months.
The costs range from $5 to $45 depending on the financial situation and service for York County families. People outside of York County can search for low cost services by visiting spaymaine.org.