For years, spay and neuter programs have played a pivotal role in keeping stray animal populations at bay, especially in Mesa County.
However, as the coronavirus pandemic raged throughout 2020, spay and neuter procedures ceased entirely, sometimes for upward of a month at a time since they’re considered an “elective surgery.”
During the height of the pandemic, veterinarian clinics across the state were only performing surgical procedures where the animal’s life was at stake.
As a result, concern has since risen about an influx in feral cat and dog populations within the valley.
“The cause of (feral cat populations growing