New Pet Clinic Approved
The group said that they would put $250,000 towards a spay and neuter clinic for pets if the Alachua County Commission agreed to match their contribution. The Commission agreed and many North Central Florida residents stand to benefit from the decision.
The hope is that with this new low cost spay and neuter clinic for pets, the population can be controlled without euthanizing any animals.
In 2007, more than two million dollars was spent by the county on more than 9,000 animal impounds at a cost of $245 for each animal.
Michelle Dunlap, director of Phoenix Animal Rescue, says that today's decision is going to make her job much easier.
"We spend a considerable amount of money on vet care - preparing out dogs and puppies for adoption - spaying and neutering is the great majority of our vetting cost."
Spaying or neutering a pet normally costs between $100 and $200. At the new clinic, the same service will cost just $50. In addition to saving pet owners money, this method of solving the overpopulation problem should save the county money as well.
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