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Liz McClellan, left, and Donna Dotson serve diners at the Barren River Animal Welfare Association’s annual Spay-ghetti, No Balls dinner on Friday. The dinner, served at the Lera B. Mitchell Clubhouse, benefited BRAWA’s spay-neuter program.

An annual event on Friday gave Barren County protection against animal overpopulation and another health plan for animals.

The Barren River Animal Welfare Association’s Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner was at the Lera B. Mitchell Clubhouse.

“We don’t really have a set goal,” said Margie Patton, director of BRAWA. “We just want to keep the program going since it’s such a good service.”

Volunteers and animal lovers alike came out to enjoy a dinner and donate to the spay-neuter program.

“We were paying for it through a grant but after February, when we ran specials on spaying and neutering, we spent down the grant so we need to build it back up,” said Donna Dotson, a volunteer for eight years and coordinator of the spay-neuter program.

BRAWA provides discounted vouchers for the surgeries to low-income families as well and last year Dotson said the shelter went through 1,000 vouchers.

Dotson, who was asked by Patton to lead the program, said the surgery is important to curb the number of animals in Barren County and the benefits are not just for the community. Dotson previously worked at a veterinary clinic before leading the program at BRAWA.

“With the overpopulation, you can’t build a building big enough for all the pets,” Dotson said. “It’s a low-risk surgery, it’s simple, and has health benefits for the pets too.”

While they were hoping to get assistance from the community, Dotson said BRAWA have applied for grants from businesses offering exclusive grants, like PetsMart.

The spay and neuter surgeries cost $80 to $100, Patton said.

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