Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New spay and neuter clinic opens

This morning marked the beginning of a new phase of pet life in Calgary as the new Animal Services Centre Clinic, also known as the spay and neuter clinic, officially opened. Its goal is to reduce the number of stray and unwanted cats and dogs in Calgary.

The first patients to benefit from the clinic will be the cats and dogs now up for adoption at The City's shelter to help make them more adoptable, and then in early 2010, the clinic will also offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries for the cats and dogs of low income Calgarians.

The clinic will also benefit other pet owners and non pet owners - spaying and neutering cats and dogs cuts down on roaming behaviour and nuisance animals in the community.

"Our goals are to decrease the length of time cats and dogs sit in our shelter waiting for new owners and to reduce the total number of pets that come in to Animal Services," said Bill Bruce, director of Animal & Bylaw Services, in a press release.

"We want to have a city of best animal practices where all pets are wanted and humanely treated. Making spay and neuter surgeries affordable and accessible to all Calgarians is an important step towards that vision becoming a reality."

And the costs? All of the funds needed to operate the clinic will come from cat licensing revenue.

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