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Alaska SPCA reduces numbers of unwanted pets with low-cost clinics

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

The Alaska SPCA is once again offering its Mobile Spay-Neuter clinic on the Kenai Peninsula. The first clinic of the year will be April 27-30.

Each year, communities throughout Alaska destroy thousands of unwanted animals. Responding to the statewide animal population problem by killing unwanted pets is only a symptom of the problem. A more pro-active solution is critical.

The Alaska SPCA, looking to address this problem, introduced the first low-cost, mobile spay-neuter clinic, allowing the organization to expand its sterilization services outside the Anchorage area.

Accessibility and affordability are important keys in motivating pet owners to spay-neuter their animals. The Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic provides low-cost sterilizations, low-cost vaccinations, health check-ups and education programs and materials, which is a logical step in reducing the numbers of animals that are killed as a population control measure.

Because spaying and neutering a pet is relatively expensive and not of obvious and immediate benefit to the animal or its owner, it is often regarded as optional. This attitude is the single greatest cause of the serious pet overpopulation problem, and it engenders the heartless belief that animals are disposable items.

For the past 25 years, the Alaska SPCA has been committed to offering low-cost, spay-neuter services in Anchorage. More than 65,000 animals have been sterilized and the number of animals put to sleep at the shelter has decreased by nearly 70 percent. Spaying and neutering works!

When I first went to work for the Alaska SPCA nearly 25 years ago, the animal control shelter was killing well over 1,000 animals a month. The numbers are now closer to 300.

Unfortunately, I see many of the same problems Anchorage faced then now growing here in the Kenai Peninsula. As our population grows so does the animal control problem and the numbers of animals that must be destroyed.

Both the Kenai and Soldotna animal control offices report that their numbers declined last year, in part due to the low-cost spay Clinic and the services offered.

This spring marks the third year of low-cost spay-neuter services to the peninsula.

The first clinic of the year will be April 27, 28, 29 and 30. The clinic will be parked at my home in Sterling and appointments can be made by calling me at 262-1624. I am a volunteer and I also have a full-time job so the best time to reach me is evenings.

We charge $50 for female dogs (regardless of size), $40 for male dogs and female cats, and $25 for male cats. Animals are dropped off in the mornings and go home later in the afternoon. Removal of declaws and other minor surgeries can be done at the same time. We offer Low-cost vaccinations as well. Please note that we DO NOT vaccinate litters unless a non-refundable spay deposit is made on the mother.

Clinics will continue on a monthly basis all summer in Sterling. Other clinics are planned for Seldovia, Cordova, Homer, Nikiski, and Anchor Point. To schedule an appointment at these clinics, call the Anchroage Headquarters at #562-2999.

Nancy Wall



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