October Spay/Neuter Clinic Scheduled at PAWS Brave Hearts

On October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, PAWS Brave Hearts, is teaming up with Help Fix ME, Community Spay Neuter Clinic (CSNC) and AWS/Cleo Fund to host a second feline spay/neuter clinic for income-qualified cat owners in Washington County.  This no cost clinic will include spay/neuter as well as a health exam and rabies vaccination on-site at PAWS in Calais.  

In June, PAWS, CSNC and AWS/Cleo Fund cohosted the first ever low cost spay/neuter clinic in Washington County where 95 cats were sterilized in three days. The demand for these services far exceeded the clinic’s capacity, which provided the catalyst for another event in collaboration with the State Animal Welfare’s well-known Help Fix ME program.  Last year, Help Fix ME, whose mission is to reduce animal shelter intakes and euthanasia, sterilized 2849 cats and dogs from income-qualified Maine families. 


Over the past six years, CSNC, whose mission is to reduce pet homelessness and euthanasia, has sterilized more than 20,000 dogs and cats at the organization’s low cost clinic. According to Dr. Elizabeth Stone, chief veterinarian at the Topsham-based clinic, CSNC “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, the first organization in Maine to recognize spay/neuter as a means of combating animal cruelty and euthanasia, has facilitated sterilization of more than 45,000 cats and dogs in Maine since 1992.  The June clinic at PAWS was the organization’s first activity targeted to residents in Washington County, which has the highest percentage of income-qualified families in Maine.  While the Cleo Fund typically helps these families through its partnerships with local veterinarians, the needs in this area led to a more intensive approach through collaboration with CSNC, PAWS Brave Hearts and Help Fix ME.  

Calais-based PAWS Brave Hearts has been committed to helping local companion animals, families and communities since 1998.  Each year, with the help of dedicated local veterinarians, first responders and Good Samaritans, PAWS has rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed hundreds of stray, abused or neglected cats and dogs from Washington County communities.  In 2010, PAWS recognized the need to prevent overpopulation by helping outdoor community cats and their caregivers through City Kitties, its Trap/Neuter/Return program that sterilized and vaccinated more than 350 cats from Eastport and Calais.  

While City Kitties also assisted a number of families from targeted TNR neighborhoods with high populations of community cats, PAWS wanted to do more without overburdening local veterinarians who contribute so much to this cause year round. This clinic partnership is designed to bring additional resources to the area to fill the unmet need for income-qualified families and stem the overpopulation that results from unspayed or unneutered companion felines.  

 

Space is limited for the three-day October clinic.  To reserve an appointment, interested families need to get pre-qualified as soon as possible by calling the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic at 207-721-8395.