SRMT hosts feline spay/neuter clinic
32 cats and kittens are spayed or neutered
The Spay Neuter Now commuter clinic stopped in at HAVFD Station #1 on Oct. 2 – 32 cats and kittens were either spayed or neutered
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Animal Control Program hosted a feline spay/neuter clinic on Oct. 2, 2011 at the HAVFD Station #1. The Spay Neuter Now commuter clinic pulled into the fire station in the early morning that day and would end up providing spay/neuter services for a total of 32 cats and kittens. This event was for tribally enrolled members with the funding from a USDA-APHIS grant that was received by the Animal Control Program for $10,000.
This spay/neuter clinic was the fourth of its kind to be held within the territory of Akwesasne since the grant was awarded. This grant has also funded vouchers for tribally enrolled members to use at the Red Fern Spay & Neuter Mobile Veterinary Clinic for dogs and cats. The vouchers had paid a portion of the spay/neuter surgery charges for cats and dogs, with the total cost of the surgery varying based on the species, gender and weight of the animal.
“It is very important that pet owners spay and neuter their cats and dogs,” said SRMT Animal Control Officer Jennifer Herne. “Many unwanted litters can be prevented by making a simple responsible decision to have your dogs and cats spayed and neutered.”
Animal Control Officer Adams with the felines waiting to be spayed or neutered
The team from the Spay/Neuter Now program include staff and volunteer members: Karen Sandoval (Technician, Assistant Manager),
Dr. Joan Puritz D.V.M. (Veterinarian),
Christine Mace (Volunteer),
Kevin Mace L.V.T. (General Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician, President of the Board of Directors), and
Bea Schermerhorn (Founder). Additional volunteers on hand included members of the Friends of the SRMT Animal Control Program Russell Phillips and Kaly White, along with SRMT Animal Control Officers Jennifer Herne and Ashton Adams.
There are many programs available to assist people who are having financial difficulty that would make it hard to afford such surgeries for their pets. Please contact the SRMT Animal Control Program or your local shelter or humane society for help in controlling the pet population. You can also visit http://www.srmt-nsn.gov or http://www.spayneuternow.org for more information.