RAL opens low-cost spay & neuter clinic in Chesterfield

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- The Richmond Animal League is celebrating the grand opening of its new spay and neuter clinic in Chesterfield County. It is the only such clinic for the RAL. It is an idea that came about less than a year ago and today, it is a reality.

With the first operation under her belt, Doctor Laura Drinkwine is ready to hit the ground running. "We are starting off a little bit easy today and then we are going to take off," says Dr. Drinkwine.

Take off they will. The clinic will officially open to the public on Tuesday. But already, they are pretty much booked for the rest of the week with dogs and cats needing to get spayed and neutered.

"This is the best way right now to get the number of homeless animals down, is to hit the source," adds Dr. Drinkwine.

This clinic is a low-cost clinic, meaning you'll save about 50 percent off the surgery price you'd pay somewhere else. Because of that, the RAL expects the tables and cages to be filled often, but this clinic is only for spay and neuters.

"We are encouraging everyone that comes here to have a regular vet too. People need to. They need to go there before they come here to get the vaccines and they need to go there after," says Dr. Drinkwine.

The new clinic is really just one part of a bigger idea for the entire community. "The more that we can get spay and neuter the more we can get into our shelters and get adopted out, the less of that unnecessary euthanasia has to go on," says Dr. Drinkwine.

A lofty goal, but one many believe can be achieved and one that starts right here.

To make an appointment, call 379-9RAL. For more information, go to this web site: http://www.ral.org/clinic/

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