PORT HADLOCK — When they started keeping count of animals spayed or neutered in 2002, Olympic Mountain Pet Pals volunteers never dreamed they would hit the 1,000-pet milestone so quickly.
The group that sponsors a low-income spay and neuter program passed that mark in July.
“Fixing those 1,000 pets has prevented the eventual births of hundreds of thousands of puppies and kittens that would have had a hard time finding homes,” said Pam Gray, who administers the program.
Pet Pals board members marked the occasion by presenting certificates of appreciation to four participating Jefferson County veterinarians — Virginia Johnson, Tony Rogstad, Harold Sherwood and Hank Snelgrove.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of our local veterinarians,” Pet Pals President Ginny Messina said Wednesday.“Their help has included discounted rates, making it possible for our programs to reach far more animals in Jefferson County.”