Clinic wants to fix pet overpopulation

Clinic wants to fix pet overpopulation

A new spay and neuter-only clinic is eliminating high euthanasia rates one animal at a time.
source-image
Sep 22, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

A snip here and a snip there may just put an end to the large number of animals euthanized each year in San Joaquin County, Calif. That’s the idea behind a new veterinary hospital that opened there in July and performs only spays and neuters. Since opening, the ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic has sterilized more than 500 animals.

But that is nowhere near enough. The nonprofit, high-volume, low-cost clinic has a goal of sterilizing at least 7,000 cats and dogs within the first year and 14,000 animals per year thereafter. More than 14,000 homeless cats and dogs are euthanized every year in San Joaquin County shelters.

Located in Stockton, Calif., the clinic was started by Rose Hilliard, executive director of ACT Spay and Neuter Clinic and a member of the Abandoned Cat Team, a nonprofit rescue organization. The clinic is modeled after the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville, N.C., and mentored by The National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT).

The goal of the NSNRT, along with the two clinics, is to reduce euthanasia by controlling the pet population. ACT Spay and Neuter Clinic is able to do its part by offering inexpensive surgeries—cat sterilization costs $36 to $56 and dog sterilization runs $66 to $86.

Hot topics on dvm360

Follow dvm360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

For quick updates and to touch base with the editors of dvm360, Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Medicine, and Firstline, and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Sell veterinary clients on your service

But you don't have to have butler-style service to win new clients and keep existing clients happy.

Why veterinarians should be more like a Louisiana shoeshiner

If my veterinary clients feel half as good as I did after visiting the 'Michael Jordan of shoeshines,' I'll be thrilled.

Texts from your veterinary clinic cat

If your clinic cat had a cell phone and opposable thumbs, what would he or she text you?

Learning goodbye: Veterinarians fill a void by focusing on end of life care

Veterinarians dedicating their careers to hospice and euthansia medicine may be pioneering the profession's next specialty—at clients' request.