Health department schedules mosquito spraying

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer. Spraying will start in the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active from May 31 through June 30.

The health department uses Duet, a spray produced by Clarke Mosquito Control. Duet features a component that stimulates resting mosquitoes in trees and foliage, causing them to fly into the air and come into contact with the spray's mosquito-killing agent, sumithrin.

Duet has been tested for human and animal safety and is registered for outdoor residential and recreational areas, according to a release from the health department. Humans can go outside immediately after Duet is sprayed, and the product is not corrosive or staining, so there should be no damage to cars or houses.

Dates for spraying in specific ZIP codes are: May 31: 40502; June 1: 40503, 40514; June 2: 40510, 40513, 40504; June 6: 40505; June 7: 40507, 40508; June 8: 40509; June 9: 40511; June 13: 40515, 40517; June 14: 40502; June 15: 40503, 40514; June 16: 40504, 40510, 40513; June 20: 40505; June 21: 40507, 40508; June 22: 40509; June 23: 40511; June 27: 40515, 40517; June 28: 40502; June 29: 40503, 40514; June 30: 40504, 40510, 40513.

Raising funds for spay program

Recently, the Lexington Humane Society provided its 10,000th Spay'sTheWay surgery. Spay'sTheWay, provides free and low-cost surgeries to qualifying pet owners. Program assistance is based on household income and financial assets. To promote responsible pet ownership, included with each surgery are rabies vaccination and city animal license — the two legal requirements for owning a dog or cat in Fayette County.

This year, Spay'sTheWay will provide more than 2,800 surgeries and prevent an untold number of unwanted litters.

Most of these 10,000 surgeries would not have been performed without financial assistance available through the program. In celebration of this accomplishment, LHS and spay/neuter advocates Patty and Dennis Foster have agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made to LHS's Spay'sTheWay program between now and June 30. Donations will be matched up to a total of $10,000. The donations will directly prevent litters through the funding of income-based spay/neuter surgeries.

"Every animal spayed or neutered potentially prevents hundreds of animals from being born with no home," said Liz Ubelhor, staff veterinarian for the Lexington Humane Society.

To donate, visit or call (859) 233-0044.

Dog park update meeting June 7

The Lexington Parks Department and Friends of the Dog Park Inc. will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Parks administrative offices, 469 Parkway Drive (Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course at Picadome).

The meeting is designed to update the public on the city's four dog parks — located at Jacobson, Masterson Station, Coldstream and Wellington parks — as well as to gather feedback and ideas on how to improve these facilities.

In addition, the Friends of the Dog Park will elect new officers. Members of the organization are invited to make nominations.