In the divided America we live in, one of the few things most of us can agree on is that more pets need to be spayed and neutered.

If you want to see more dogs and cats sterilized in Grand Island, you can support the idea by attending a fundraiser Thursday at Bandits Bar. Funds raised will go toward the surgical sterilization of animals next month in Grand Island.

The local effort was organized by Tara Peterson, Chasity Cross and Voice for Companion Animals in Grand Island. It is in conjunction with World Spay Day, which will be observed Feb. 26.

The local goal is to raise $5,000. So far, about $450 has been collected.

“The more we raise, the more animals we can do,” said Robyn Mays of Voice for Companion Animals.

“So, yeah, we have some goals, but we’re a pretty determined group,” Mays said.

Some of the animals will be sterilized on Feb. 26. Veterinarians will get to the others shortly thereafter.

Four vet clinics have agreed to take part so far. They are Animal Medical Clinic, Parks Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island Veterinary Hospital and Family Pet Clinic.

Thursday’s fundraiser will feature raffle prizes, a split pot and silent auction. A couple of “amazing cooks” will be making Maid Rite-style sandwiches, Mays said.

The slogan on the group’s Facebook page is “Let’s get the pets spayed right, with a Maid Rite!”

People may also order drinks at Bandits.

At least one of the animals sterilized will come through the AniMeals program, in which Voice for Companion Animals delivers pet food and supplies at no cost, mostly to seniors and veterans. Some of the recipients also have low incomes.

Volunteers will be busy helping with transportation on Feb. 26.

“Some of these people do not have the means to get to the vet,” Mays said of the pet owners.

Even those who have access to transportation might not be able to get out because of the weather.

If you’d like to donate to the spay and neutering effort, visit

You can also send a check to Voice for Companion Animals at P.O. Box 5256, Grand Island, NE 68802.

Big Apple Bagels is participating in another fundraiser. A percentage of sales on Feb. 8 will go toward the spay and neutering effort, Mays said.

This will be the 25th annual World Spay Day. Originally known as Spay Day USA, it was created in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal League.


I am the Cops & Courts Reporter for the Grand Island Independent. I welcome news tips!

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