By Eugenia Jones
The McCreary County Animal Protection League (MCAPL) and the Pulaski County-based Hope for All Pets (HAPI), a volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue and mobile spay/neuter clinic, have some good news for McCreary County pet owners.
The two organizations are now partnering together to provide reduced cost spay/neuter clinics for pets in McCreary County.
The McCreary County Animal Protection League’s Pamela Duncan said she has already been flooded with requests from McCreary Countians who want to register their dogs and/or cats for a spay/neuter clinic.
“People can have their pets put on a waiting list by calling the McCreary County Animal Protection League shelter at 354-DOGS (3647) and leaving a message or by calling me at 310-1427,” Duncan said. “They can also Facebook message me or the McCreary County Animal Protection League. However, please be patient. If you have messaged or called, we will be back in touch. We’ve already been flooded with requests and are in the process of getting everything established.”
During McCreary County clinics, animals will be spay/neutered inside HAPI’s mobile surgery unit which will be parked outside of the McCreary County Animal Protection League’s Bingo Hall in Whitley City, Pets will wait for surgery and spend recovery time inside the Bingo Hall. Anyone who brings a pet scheduled for surgery must bring the pet inside its own pet taxi. The Bingo Hall is located within the group of buildings where Crabtree-Wilson Insurance and the Christian Care Food Pantry are located.
Spay/neuter costs are $60.00 per dog regardless of size/sex and $40.00 for cats regardless of size/sex. The spay/neuter fee includes a rabies shot. Additional vet care, such as heart worm tests, can be provided for an additional fee.
The McCreary County Animal Protection League Shelter will continue to provide vouchers for the Williamsburg Veterinary Clinic for those who wish to transport their pets to the vet. However, the cost is more with cost being a minimum of $90.00 for dogs and $40.00-$55.00 for cats.
Pulaski County’s Kayla Sellers, founder of Hope for All Pets, Inc., has a dedicated McCreary County sidekick, Kelly Tucker, assisting her with the organization. All members of the group, except for the veterinarian, are volunteers and receive no pay. A former McCreary County resident and teacher, Karla Blakenship, volunteers to help with the mobile spay/neuter clinics and grooming of rescue animals.
During HAPI’s first clinic in the county on Monday, nine puppies and twenty-seven dogs from the McCreary County Animal Protection League Shelter were spayed/neutered.
MCAPL encourages everyone to support the shelter and HAPI. Monetary donations and donations of blankets, throws, rubbing alcohol, dog food, cat food (for HAPI), and other supplies are always welcome
Photo by Eugenia Jones
The McCreary County Animal Protection League has partnered with HAPI to provide reduced cost spay/neuter clinics for McCreary County dogs and cats.