Richmond Animal League to open low-cost clinic

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Good news in this tough economy.  There will soon be another low-cost spay and neuter option available to local pet owners Richmond Animal League is opening up a clinic on their property this fall.

The facility will be called Loving Spay and Neuter clinic.  It's named after a long-time volunteer who recently passed away.

Crews started early Friday morning clearing land to make room for the clinic at Richmond Animal League.

Once the clinic is up and running, RAL will offer spay and neuter services for between $25-$60 depending on the type and size of the animal.

When funding allows, they will offer surgeries at no cost for those who are income eligible.

Everyone is welcome, but RAL hopes to reach out to rural pet owners in particular in counties like Powhatan and Amelia.

"We are hoping to help out a lot of those groups and spay and neuter a lot of those animals because when you look at the kill rates of the shelters out there, they are often quite high, and certainly spay neuter will help those numbers decrease," said Susan Kelly of the Richmond Animal League.

This clinic is a win-win because RAL will be able to spay and neuter rescue animals onsite, and in turn save more lives.

"It's something that we can do virtually immediately, and those pets will be ready to go faster, and they can get adopted faster, and we can keep rescuing from those animal control facilities," Kelly said.

This clinic will be another resource for pet owners on top of those already available in our area like the Prevent A Litter clinic in Carytown or the Spay/Neuter clinic at the Richmond SPCA.

All this was made possible through sizeable donations from the community and a large $70,000 grant from PetSmart charities.

A representaive from that organization says "RALs spay/neuter program is a great example of taking the initiative to improve the local community and is part of a larger effort to help with pet overpopulation nationwide. "

The clinic is expected to be up and running by November.

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