Spay and neuter clinic set to open

PARKERSBURG – After years of fundraising, planning and dreaming, the Humane Society of Parkersburg will open its spay and neuter clinic next month.

The S.P.O.T. clinic, an acronym for Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together, is adjacent to the shelter at 530 29th St. where construction began April 1. The building is finished and the necessary items are slowly filling the rooms, including recovery cages for cats.

The clinic will open to the public on Oct. 14 and will begin making appointments on Monday, said Maryann Hollis, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

“We are expecting a lot of calls,” she said.

The clinic has been a dream for years, Hollis said.

“Opening the clinic is a huge accomplishment, not only for those at the shelter, but it took a community to build this,” Hollis said.

The clinic was built following about three years of fundraising and donation collecting by the shelter.

“We raised about $540,000 total, which not only went into the building, but also very expensive equipment and other necessities,” Hollis continued. “For this to finally come to fruition is huge.”

While the clinic will offer spay and neuter services at a cost of $45 for a male cat, $50 for female cats and between $60 and $75 for dogs, depending on size and gender, it will also offer other smaller services at lower costs.

Flea treatment tubes will be $10 while rabies shots and nail trims are free.

“We want to make sure the dogs and cats that leave our clinic are healthy,” Hollis said.

The clinic will focus on offering low cost spay and neuter procedures to the public for their pets, but will also work with local feral cat program Save A Kitty.

“We are working with the clinic in an effort to help the feral cats as much as we can,” said Bobette Grimm, who is with the organization.

Save A Kitty is a local organization was formed to educate people on the success of the Trap, Neuter and Return method in reducing the number of feral cats. The organization also hopes to remind citizens of anti-cruelty laws that protect all cats from harm.

The organization has used the TNR method to spay and neuter more than 2,000 feral and free-roaming cats, averaging 250 per year, since it’s inception in July 2004.

The TNR method is a full-management plan in when stray and feral cats are humanely trapped and taken to veterinarians for medical evaluation, vaccinations and sterilization. By spaying or neutering feral and un-socialized cats, their populations are downsized without having to euthanize a single feline.

“We are very excited to be working with Save A Kitty,” Hollis said. “Since they began TNR locally, we have seen a significant drop in the number of feral cats and kittens that come through the shelter.”

For those who see no point in having a family dog or cat “fixed,” Hollis said pets are healthier after being spayed or neutered.

“Not only will there be fewer unwanted animals in shelters, but family pets will live longer and healthier,” she said.

The clinic is not a regular veterinary clinic and will not accept pets for procedures other than spay or neuter.

No walk-ins will be allowed. To schedule an appointment, call 304-917-4275.

There are no residency requirements to partake of the clinic’s low cost services, so everyone is welcome to make an appointment.