Encore Pets to Open High Quality, High Volume Low-Cost Mobile Spay/neuter Clinic in Summer 2012
MOREHEAD CITY, NC (April 9, 2012)—It’s here! Encore Pets, Inc, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit in Morehead City, NC, announces the arrival of Spay 2 Save, a new state-of-the-art, high quality, high volume low-cost spay/neuter mobile surgery clinic in Carteret County. The Spay 2 Save mobile clinic will operate five days a week, year-round, and will accommodate 25 or more animals a day, resulting in the spay or neuter of more than 5,000 cats and dogs each year.
The custom-built 33-foot mobile surgery clinic is a reality thanks to the generous support of the Brandt Animal Foundation, PetSmart Charities, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the North Carolina Community Foundation, and many charitable donations from individuals and businesses in Carteret County and beyond.
Coastal North Carolina has a large population of feral cats and a high euthanasia rate for companion cats and dogs. Many citizens face significant financial limitations to spaying or neutering their pets. Joanna Shertzer, President of Encore Pets, notes that “One of the primary goals of Encore Pets is to reduce the homeless animal population in our region. The most effective means of addressing the pet overpopulation problem is through spay and neuter. No community can truly become ‘low-kill’ or ‘no-kill’ without public access to low-cost spay/neuter services.”
The Spay 2 Save clinic will provide high quality spay/neuter services to low-income families of Carteret County, as well as local animal shelters, rescue groups, and feral cat caregivers. The mobile clinic will be staffed by a NC-licensed veterinarian, a veterinary technician, a veterinary assistant, and a clinic director. The clinic will concentrate its initial efforts in Carteret County, eventually expanding services to neighboring counties. In addition, the clinic can serve as a mobile adoption center and an emergency response vehicle during natural disasters.
As their focus is high quality spay/neuter to address the pet overpopulation problem, Spay 2 Save will offer limited other services, such as vaccinations, to surgical patients only. Spay 2 Save will not offer general wellness or sick-visit services. In providing a one-time service of spay/neuter, the clinic will refer clients post-surgery to local full-service veterinarians for their ongoing veterinary needs.