On a gorgeous fall morning, we held our 10th clinic!
We were happy to see returning participants Kelly Dillow and Donna Stevens. Kelly had previously brought Darla, a stray she found tied to a truck, to one of our summer clinics.
Today Kelly brought Polly, one of her resident cats, to be be spayed.
Donna brought Chatter to be spayed this time. Like Mama and Sage, who were spayed at the last clinic, Chatter was taken in by Donna after being abandoned. Chatter was pregnant, but all of her babies died. Donna wants to be sure she doesn’t get pregnant again.
Similarly, Precious was found abandoned and pregnant at Gloria Holt’s sister’s house. Gloria took in Precious and found homes for her babies. Gloria had just found a home for the last kitten when Precious went into heat, and she wants to be sure there are no more kittens (so do we!).
“No more kittens” is a common – and excellent – reason for having a cat spayed or neutered, but there are other benefits to these surgeries as well.
Hasani and Kiki (both males) Picard have been spraying, so their people brought them to be neutered. Most male cats will cease spraying once neutered; they will also be less likely to fight.
Stripes and her friend Princess came with Christine Payne. In addition to not wanting either cat to get pregnant, Christine does not want them going into heat anymore.
Many people find behaviors like spraying and going into heat bothersome. Spaying and neutering are simple solutions to these behavioral issues.
Sabrina Forrest was convinced that altering her dog Kobe was the right thing to do after learning about the health benefits of neutering. Her aunt referred her to our clinic.
Kobe made a friend in Casper, whose family does not want to breed him or take a chance that unwanted puppies might happen.
Also noting that she did not want unwanted puppies was Rona Gray, who brought her little girl Jasmine to be spayed.
Bella’s people had a simple reply to the question of why she was being spayed – all of their animals are fixed. Short and to the point, we like that answer!
Milo Glasscock’s person also had a simple answer to the question of spaying/neutering: “It’s the responsible thing to do.” Milo came with his feline friend Otis.
As always, we want to thank all of the patient people and pets who participated in the October 8, 2010 clinic.
While there are many motivations for spaying and neutering, every surgery plays a role in reducing companion animal overpopulation.
If you are looking for your own companion animal, please consider adoption from a local rescue group or shelter. Many breed specific rescues will adopt out-of-area, so be sure to give them a look, too.