UPDATE 6/5/2014 4:00 PM
Helping to reduce the over population of stray animals in our area.
The new SPOT Clinic in Parkersburg provides low cost services to everyone.
The Parkersburg Humane Society's SPOT Clinic has done around 3,800 surgeries since opening in October.
There are no residential or income requirements at the clinic.
Humane Society Executive Director, Michelle Earl, says animals can come in as early as five or six months with puppies seeming to recover quicker. Those animals over eight years old may have to under go extra blood testing though.
She says animals can start reproducing as early as five or six months, so it is important to get it done early.
The surgery has benefits for the animal as well. "Spaying and neutering actually helps to lengthen the lives of your animals," explains Earl. "It reduces the risks of cancer and other infections that can be caused by not spaying and neutering your pets. So besides the over population issue, it is really important for the health benefit of your animal."
The process at the Clinic is fairly easy for owners... make an appointment then bring the animal in with a little paper work, after that, the staff and doctor take over.
"Recovery area which is very nice, I don't know if you saw it, its called the beach," says Earl. "They lay on this nice heated blanket with rice packs around them and staff stays with them. That is where they stay until they are recovered and expiated and then they go back into their kennel until picked up."
UPDATE 2/7/2014 5:30 PM
It's now open.
And the Parkersburg SPOT Clinic is helping animals live longer, healthier lives.
The clinic provides spay-neuter and other services at the time of your pet's spay-neuter procedure.
Michelle Earl from the Humane Society of Parkersburg says all are at a reduced fee to encourage more people to do it.
"We do have a major over population issue. We take in thousands of animals in our community over to the shelter," she says. "So by reducing the pet overpopulation issue by spaying and neutering these pets we're hoping to reduce the amount of animals that are coming into our shelter and that are out in the community causing a nuisance for some people."
Earl says since opening in October 2013, the SPOT Clinic has done more than 1,200 surgeries.
They're really hoping to make a difference and see the impact in those numbers next year.
Thursday evening marked the grand opening of the Humane Society of Parkersburg's SPOT Clinic.
The Humane Society held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility.
It's a low-cost, high quality spay neuter clinic to help put a stop to the overpopulation in the area.
The cost of getting your four-legged friend spayed or neutered will depend on its species and size.
This will include a surgery, rabies shot, nail trimming.
"To be able to cut this ribbon today and really really kick off low cost, high quality spay neuters in our area is very much a dream come true for all of us and hopefully our community, it makes spay and neutering affordable, everybody can do it," says Humane Society of Parkersburg Executive Director, Maryann Hollis.
The SPOT Clinic will be taking public animals on October 14th.
For more information about the clinic or to set up an appointment, call the SPOT Clinic at 304-912-4275, the Humane Society at 304-422-5541 or log on to www.hsop.org.
The SPOT Clinic will be closed all next week due to a pet training session in North Carolina. Members of the new clinic urges people to call the humane society to set up an appointment during that time.