June Spay/Neuter Clinic Set at PAWS in Calais

 On June 24, 25, and 26, the Animal Welfare Society/Cleo Fund and the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic (CSNC) will be teaming up with PAWS Brave Hearts to offer the first feline spay/neuter clinic to income-qualified cat owners in Washington County on-site at PAWS in Calais.  The cost to the owner for their cat to be spayed or neutered and given both a health exam and rabies vaccination will be $10.  

Since opening in 2010, the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has sterilized more than 20,000 dogs and cats. According to Dr. Elizabeth Stone, chief veterinarian at the Topsham-based clinic, her mission is to reduce pet homelessness and euthanasia. The Clinic, says Stone, “serves low-income families who cannot otherwise afford this service and find the cost of this procedure a barrier. They know it is the right thing to do, and they know it will help with both the animal’s health and behavioral issues, but the cost is a major concern.” 

The Cleo Fund is a statewide spay/neuter program located at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. Like the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic, the organization strives to lower shelter intake numbers and prevent animal cruelty through spay/neuter. The Cleo Fund helps income-qualified Mainers pay for spay/neuter services mainly by teaming with local veterinary practices and providing vouchers for use at those practices. In Washington County, which has the highest percentage of low-income families in Maine, the local veterinarians already make substantial commitments both to PAWS’ animal rescue work and subsidized spay/neuter through other available programs that operate in a similar manner.  

According to Sharon Secovich, Cleo Fund manager, the Fund was the first organization in Maine to recognize spay/neuter as a means of combating animal cruelty and euthanasia. Since 1971 the Fund has facilitated the spaying/neutering of more than 45,000 cats and dogs. “People love their pets but often just need a little help with some of the costs of owning a pet. We want to keep pets in their homes. We are excited about collaborating with PAWS, which shares this goal,” said Secovich.

To reserve a space for the June event, please call the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic at 207-721-8395. Some transportation assistance, to be announced, will be provided from several outlying communities.  Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.