CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Too busy to get your pet fixed?
Don't worry, someone will drive it to the veterinarian's office for you.
And it's cheap.
In an attempt to reduce the 4 to 6 million cats and dogs that are euthanized every year across the country due to a lack of homes for them, a local animal welfare group has teamed up with a similar organization in Harrisonburg, Va., to make sterilization of cats and dogs easier for owners.
Vans that can carry up to 46 dogs and cats will be departing regularly from various points in the Eastern Panhandle and Washington County to the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic in Harrisonburg for sterilization procedures, said Michael Mahrer, director of development for the National Humane Education Society.
After pet owners pay in advance for a spay or neuter procedure, the vans will take animals to Harrisonburg for surgery and return the animals the next day, said Mahrer, who works out of the Briggs Animal Adoption Center south of Charles Town along U.S. 340.