IONIA – Animal welfare organizations are teaming up to allow residents of Ionia County to get their male cats repaired at no cost.
The Ionia County Animal Shelter and Quick Fix Veterinary Clinic are hosting a free cat spaying clinic on Saturday, June 26 at the shelter, 3853 Sparrow Drive, Ionia.
The clinic is for residents of Ionia County only and is sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation. Meetings are reserved for male cats.
“More and more people are starting to realize that our shelters are full because people don’t have the resources to get their animals fixed,” said Carly Quinn, director of Ionia County Animal Care and Control.
Once residents reach the home page of the website, they can click on “Spay / Neuter Appointment” and select the package titled “Ionia County Animal Shelter June 26”. Residents can also add additional services such as vaccines, mite treatment, dewormer, microchip, etc. Cryptorchid surgeries will not be offered at the event and all male cats must have two descending testes.
Liability waiver forms will be emailed after appointment confirmation. Forms must be completed and received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24, otherwise appointments will be canceled.
Anyone who prefers to register at the shelter must complete paperwork before the close of business on June 24.
The deposit hours are:
- Names starting with the letters AL – drop off at 8:30 a.m., pick up at 3 p.m.
- MZ surnames – drop off at 9 a.m., pick up at 4 p.m.
The shelter recommends registering cats for the 3-in-1 vaccine and getting microchipped. He will offer vaccines and an electronic chip for cats from 2 p.m. Payment for additional services must be made in cash or by credit / debit card when depositing. The vaccines cost $ 15 and the microchip costs $ 20.
Quinn said the Ionia County Animal Shelter has a long history of working with the Bissell Pet Foundation, calling it a fantastic organization. She also called the work of the Quick Fix Veterinary Clinic and Dr Amy Pietras “an absolute boon” to the community.
“Animal welfare requires working with everyone to make a difference,” Quinn said.
Bissell Pet Foundation provides grants to shelters to provide low-cost sterilization and sterilization, Quinn said. She noted that spaying and neutering cats will help fight animal homelessness, which she says is an epidemic everywhere.
“There are so many cats and kittens that don’t have a home,” Quinn said. “Ionia is quite rural. I hope to help the community as much as possible. ”
Quinn told Sentinel-Standard on June 17 that the clinic currently has about 100 out of 150 preregistered cats.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the clinic can contact the shelter at 616-527-9040.
Quinn hopes to do more clinics in the future, including for dogs and cats. At the moment, the shelter is preparing for its first clinic.
“We’re going to do our best and see how it goes,” Quinn said.