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Spay-neuter clinic a purr-fect idea

January 25, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A few dogs barked from their kennels, but they were dramatically outnumbered Sunday -- Antietam Humane Society had gone to the cats.

Sixty-seven cats arrived at the humane society at 8 a.m. for the first low-cost spay and neuter clinic. By 2:30 p.m., they were resting in their crates and handed back to the people who had dropped them off.

Many people took advantage of the price -- $45 for females and $35 for males -- to bring in stray cats.

"She's had so many litters of little babies, so we wanted to try to stop that," said Pearl Minnich of Waynesboro when she picked up the stray she nicknamed "Mommy."


The humane society, which plans to offer similar clinics monthly, had reservations for 82 cats, although 15 never arrived.

"For our first one, that's still pretty cool," said Candy Clopper, executive director.

The clinics have been made available through the support of veterinarians with Keystone Mobile Veterinary Services of Scotland, Pa., and Wayne Heights (Pa.) Animal Hospital.

"This is something we, the shelter, have wanted to do since the shelter opened 32 years ago," Clopper said.

Volunteers and staff members used numbered stickers to match cats with their crates. After the procedure, the cats had their ears cleaned and received any vaccinations requested by the people who brought them.

Norma Long of Mercersburg, Pa., has 11 cats because she recently took in a few more strays.

"There's just so many strays out there. I hate to see them starving and getting hit by cars," she said.

Long was excited to learn about the clinic, saying the price prompted her to make reservations for two cats.

"The difference from what the vet charges to this is unreal," she said.

Casey Hoffman of Hagerstown dropped off her cat, Chester, for two simple reasons.

"It was cheap and not very far away," she said.

Stephanie March of Waynesboro had two reasons, as well.

"I have two kittens. One is a male and one is a female," she said, laughing when she said she doesn't want more kittens.

Clopper said the clinic was especially targeted to reducing the stray cat population, which comprises many of the 1,000 cats that occupy the shelter on an average year.

"The phone rings constantly with people looking for low-cost (spay and neuter) because it can be terribly expensive," Clopper said.

Antietam Humane Society
8513 Lyons Road
Waynesboro, PA 17268

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