URBANA — Low-income dog owners living in Champaign and Douglas counties can purchase a $50 voucher good for sterilization and several other veterinary services at participating clinics on Saturday morning.
The vouchers will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the east end of Kesler Hall at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, 902 N. Coler Ave., U, where the Champaign County Humane Society will be holding its annual garage sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit its homeless pets.
Eligible for the vouchers are dog owners who can provide proof of public assistance or annual income of less than twice the federal poverty level, according to the humane society.
The vouchers can be purchased with cash or a money order only and entitle dog owners to receive the following services at participating veterinary clinics: spay/neuter sterilization surgery, DAPPL vaccination for distemper, parvovirus and other diseases, rabies vaccination, microchip identification and initial flea treatment. The typical cost of these services is $250 or more, according to the humane society.
For more information, or to download a voucher application, call 417-3160. You also may send an email to the Central Illinois Animal Welfare Coalition, which has been running a pilot program for the vouchers at email@example.com  or visit online: http://www.ciawc.net .
Vouchers will continue to be available after the Saturday sale, and dog owners can contact the humane society or see the humane society website at http://www.cuhumane.org  for details.