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Fix A Friend Spay & Neuter Clinic nears public opening

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Rescue groups get sneak peek

By Laura Lewis, Reporter

By Anita August

Special to the Beacon

Fix A Friend Spay & Neuter Clinic, the area’s first affordable spay neuter facility for pets, opened its doors to local animal rescue groups July 23.

The clinic has been in the works for more than two years, from concept to implementation.

Last week, it hosted an open house so that people active in local animal rescue got to see, for the first time, the facility that will likely change forever the plight of homeless and unwanted animals in this region. 

Reducing the number of unwanted cats and dogs in southeast North Carolina is the goal of Fix a Friend. While management changes last year at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter have resulted in dramatic improvements, the numbers of animals euthanized there are still among the highest in the state.

The new clinic is located in a renovated building at mile marker 35 on U.S. 17 in Winnabow. It is staffed by a full-time veterinarian, Amy Eutsey, as well as a full-time clinic director and a veterinary technician.

The clinic’s services will be limited to spaying or neutering cats and dogs and administering state-required rabies and distemper vaccinations. Services will be available to the local rescue groups and members of the public.

Fees begin at $35 to spay a feral cat and go up to $90 to neuter a dog weighing more than 65 pounds that needs both vaccinations.

Because local animal rescue groups will be the first to use the clinic as the staff gains experience in the new facility, they were the first to be invited to see the it.

The open house welcomed more than 50 people who were impressed with the clinic’s size, its features, and all the work that had been accomplished to transform a defunct landscape and greenhouse business into a modern veterinarian facility with all new equipment. The clinic is scheduled to open to the community later this month. 

The need for such a clinic has long been known by area residents.  Each year, thousands of unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized at the county shelter. Many are abandoned in woods or along highways.

Those working to change this situation knew that the only long-term solution was to prevent the births of unwanted animals. Some pet owners cannot afford to get their cats and dogs spayed or neutered, while others are ill-informed about how young animals can be when they start to reproduce. Others are irresponsible about getting their pets fixed.

Members of the local rescue organization Adopt An Angel sought funding through private sources and grants to build this low-cost spay neuter clinic. With funding from a generous donor, they bought a building of suitable size that was in foreclosure.

Surgical and animal care equipment was purchased using grant money from PetSmart Charities, while another grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist helped with start-up funding and building renovations so that it would meet the clinic’s needs and licensing requirements.

Fix A Friend Spay & Neuter Clinic, at 6033 Ocean Hwy E. in Winnabow, is now taking appointments for pet surgery. For more information, call the clinic office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at (910) 253-8161 or visit its new website at www.fixafriendclinic.org.

 

Anita August is a member of Paws-Ability, a nonprofit group that provides support and fundraising for animal causes in Brunswick County.