Jackson County, Florida, is mostly rural. There aren’t many job opportunities for the approximately 47,000 residents. Drug addiction, particularly to methamphetamine, is a major concern. The median income for a family of four here is $36,404, and 23.70% of children live in poverty. (source: Wikipedia)
Many of the people who live here own pets. And many of those pets are not spayed or neutered.
I don’t preach, but I do talk up spay/neuter and why it’s a healthy choice for pets. I even provide information on low-cost clinics in the area.
The problem is, those low-cost programs are at least an hour away for many people in this area.
I have entertained the idea of starting a low-cost program in this area. It’s needed. And I think that through such a program we could educate people about other aspects of responsible pet ownership.
But I am also hesitant. I don’t have much free time as it is, and this will take work. Also, while the service is needed, I don’t know how badly it’s needed or if it’s particularly wanted.
I have resolved to at least look into the possibility.
This is where you come in.
I have never done anything like this before. So I need you to share your experience and your ideas. I’ll want you to share your money too, but that will come later. I need your encouragement to help me keep going when I fall flat on my face, which may well happen.
I have decided that my first steps will be to approach those in the area who already work in the arena of animal welfare and feel them out. I need to see what’s been done here in the past, and what local support would be available for such an undertaking.
Send me all the positive energy you can muster, and wish me luck!