The City of McAllen is urging residents to spay and neuter their pets, and according to their revised animal ordinance, there may be some incentives to getting that done.
"We do not require it. It's not mandated, but we want to offer it and we do offer in the ordinance that incentive," said Ignacio Perez, McAllen's deputy city attorney.
Perez said there are about 40 thousand stray animals a year that are picked up in Hidalgo County, and in an effort to lower that number, the city is offering to cut fees associated with violations to the city's animal ordinance.
If pet owners vaccinate their animals, the cost of the license fee is also cut in half.
"Sadly, there are not enough homes available for all the animals we have here," said Dr. Amber Valinski with the RGV Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Dr. Valinski said many people have preconceived notions about spaying or neutering their pets.
One myth is that the female will gain weight afterwards or the male will become less manly, but Valinski said there's no need to worry about that, it'll only make things better.
"If you get them neutered early, you have a better chance of changing their personality before they get the problems with testosterone and aggression," said Valinski.
The cost for spaying or neutering your cat or dog can cost from 40 dollars to 75 dollars at the Rio Grande Valley Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Their phone number is: (956) 687-7728
The following is a link to the revised city animal ordinance click on Chapter 14.