AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Aiken County is making changes to their spay and neuter voucher program.
The program currently helps low income residents who qualify get pets fixed, but officials said many vouchers redeemed don't get used.
"The county has made a decision that instead of just sending a citizen out with the voucher, we are going to offer spay and neuter surgeries here," Martha Chadwick, Aiken County Animal Shelter Manager said, "We're going to hire a vet to cover those services."
Chadwick said it essentially becomes a public service for the veterinarians in the area to perform the surgeries and the shelter has no way of tracking whether the voucher has been used or not.
"They're valid for 90 days and if you don't turn it in, we have no way of saying why or how and the money is still allocated," Chadwick said.
The shelter said they are also hoping the revised program will save 4% for the county or $4,000. Last year, the program received a total of $30,000 and this year it received $40,000.
"We could use it toward other responsible pet husbandry by maybe creating other educational programs and reaching out to school systems," Chadwick said.
The shelter wants the money to stay in Aiken County. For more information, head to http://letlovelive.org/Spay-Neuter-%3A%3A-Voucher-Programs.php.