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September 12, 2012

Nonprofit spay & neuter clinic opens its doors

RICHMOND — A person walking into the Humane Society, Animal League for Life of Madison County’s adoption center Monday would’ve seen what appeared to be chaos — cat carriers and cages on the floor and stacked on shelves, volunteers bustling about and plaintive meows and loud barks echoing throughout the room.

There was a purpose to that chaos, HSALL board member Vicki Irwin said as she sat in a chair, softly stroking two calico kittens that were recovering from the affects of anesthesia. By the end of the fourth day of the clinic, more than 100 animals will have been spayed and neutered through the HSALL’s new program, Irwin said.

“We are low-cost but high-quality,” Irwin said.

The HSALL opened the clinic to the public Monday. Irwin said the goal is to have the clinic every other Monday and perform spay and neuter procedures on up to 36 animals each day.

However, Monday was technically the fourth day the spay and neuter clinic had been in operation. Irwin said the first three days, starting over the weekend, were spent doing operations on HSALL pets that are up for adoption and some of the local feral cat population.

Eighty-four dogs and cats had been spayed or neutered by the end of the third day, Irwin said.

Dr. Lori Fuller is conducting the surgeries. The veterinarian lives in Richmond but does not have her own practice. Instead, she devotes her time to holding low-cost spay and neuter clinics throughout central Kentucky, according to Irwin.

To neuter a male cat, the cost is $30, and female cats cost $40 to be spayed. Male dogs are $40, and female dogs cost $60.

The cost also covers rabies shots and core vaccines, according to Jessica Adams, the adoption center director.

A dog or cat must be at least 3 months old and weigh a minimum of 3 pounds in order to be spayed or neutered, Adams said.

If a person is interested in having a pet neutered or spayed at the clinic, the number to call is 626-5600. Callers are instructed to press menu option No. 2 to request more information or to reserve an appointment.

Adams said the messages are checked twice a day. A worker with HSALL will return the call to gather more information about the person’s pet and set up an appointment, she said.

On the Mondays the clinic is conducted, the drop-off time is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The clinic is at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, which is in the shopping center between Modern Dry Cleaners and M&M Drug Store.

Animals can be picked up later that day at 5 p.m.

“It’s a same-day process,” Adams said.

Customers are given a phone number to call if there are any follow-up issues after the surgery. Adams said the clinic does not provide emergency care, but Dr. Fuller will advise the customer whether to seek care at a local veterinarian’s office.

The clinic is funded completely through donations, including funds raised through the recent HSALL golf tournament, Irwin said. The group does make a profit from each of the surgeries, but that money is re-invested into the animal welfare nonprofit’s programs, she added.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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