Encore Pets Opens New Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic in August 2012
Encore Pets, Inc., of Morehead City, NC, will open Spay 2 Save Mobile Clinic, a new state of the art, high quality/high volume low-cost spay/neuter mobile surgery clinic, on August 3, 2012.
The mobile clinic will be operated by NC-licensed veterinarian Dr. Sara Austin, veterinary support staff, and clinic director Joanna Shertzer. In July, the Spay 2 Save team will travel to New York City to attend a one-week training session with the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Project. ASPCA staff will then travel to Carteret County in August for two weeks of additional staff support for the opening of Spay 2 Save. Prior to opening, the facility will have a thorough inspection by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board in order to meet the highest standards for care.
Spay 2 Save Mobile Clinic will operate year-round at many locations throughout Carteret County and will eventually expand to other nearby counties in need. Pet owners and caretakers must call to schedule an appointment, as the clinic is not able to take walk-in clients. Pet owners will bring their animals to the clinic on the scheduled day by 8:30AM and will be given a pick up time for the afternoon of the same day. Payments are cash only; no checks or credit cards are accepted.
The spay/neuter cost is $95 for both female and male dogs (additional charge for animals over 60 pounds). The cost to spay a female cat is $75 and to neuter a male cat is $50; feral cat spay/neuter is a reduced cost. Prices include a wellness check, rabies vaccination, and distemper-parvo vaccine for dogs and feline distemper vaccine for cats. Every patient will receive a physical exam by the veterinarian prior to surgery; vaccines and limited services are available on the day of surgery only. Cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered when they weigh two pounds, typically as young as two to three months of age. It’s best to spay your female pets before their first heat, which can be as early as four months old. Clients will be referred to local veterinarians for regular follow-up care.
Spay 2 Save is an Encore Pets’ mission, dedicated to reducing the pet-overpopulation problem in Eastern North Carolina’s coastal communities. Coastal North Carolina has a large population of feral cats and a high euthanasia rate for companion cats and dogs. Joanna Shertzer, Spay 2 Save Clinic Director and Encore Pets’ President, said, “Our goal is to provide permanent, accessible, and affordable high-quality spay/neuter services to in-need residents and rescue organizations to reduce the number of cats and dogs that end up homeless in our local shelters or stray. Many residents in coastal North Carolina face significant financial constraints in spaying or neutering their pets. And, despite the dedicated efforts of our local shelters, many companion animals are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes.” The mobile clinic is capable of spaying/neutering up to 8,700 animals each year.
For more details about the clinic, fees for services, and our scheduled locations, or to inquire about hosting a clinic, please visit the Spay 2 Save website at www.mobilespay.org or call (252) 622-2373. Full appointment scheduling will begin late July.