The Marion County Humane Society has received a very generous donation to help pay for its biggest, most important program.
The Humane Society of the United States said making the decision to spay or neuter your pet saves lives.
There are animals sitting in shelters everywhere waiting for homes and only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one.
"Because there is such a problem with strays and unwanted pets, we want to try to keep the population down," said Victoria Etheridge, of the Marion County Humane Society.
Those pets that aren't spayed or neutered can reproduce multiple times a year.
"Cats can reproduce two or three times a year with seven or eight kittens," said Don Downs, of the Marion County Humane Society. "Dogs, also can have litters of five or six pups."
Overpopulation of pets is not only a problem in Marion County, but all over the country.
Spaying and neutering your pet will allow pets to find their forever homes and help owners avoid additional expenses.
"In order to get control of the problem, we need to have as many animals as we can to be spayed and neutered," Downs said. "It's one of the most important programs the Humane Society is involved in."
The Marion County Humane Society spays and neuters every pet before making it available for adoption.
The Humane Society has received an anonymous $10,000 donation toward the program.
"They felt like they wanted to help our humane society and they chose the program that they thought would mean the most with their money," Downs said.
It costs the Humane Society between $75 and $125 for every pet it spays or neuters.
It said it's important for the community to step up and help in any way they can.
"$10,000 may sound like a lot of money but it only goes so far," Etheridge said. "There's always another dog or another cat every day."
The Marion County Humane Society is always accepting donations of cash or supplies such as blankets, food, and toys.
If you would like more information on spaying or neutering, visit the Humane Society of the United States website.
To donate to the Marion County Humane Society, call 304-366-5391.