Fixed for the Holiday

Fundraising campaign helps Spay Arkansas

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 5 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK A dog rests on a mattress following a spay procedure Nov. 28 at Spay Arkansas in Springdale. Spay Arkansas provides affordable, quality spay and neuter services to qualifying low-income clients. They serve residents of Washington, Benton, Madison and Carroll counties, as well as southern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma. As of November, the clinic staff and volutneers have performed 4298 procedures in 110 days.

Grace is a sweet black cat, literally thrown from a car when the feline was just 4 1/2 weeks old, said Grace's owner, Kim Lanier of Booneville.

By the numbers

Number of surgeries by November: 4,298

Number of clinic days: 110

Number of days with more than 42 surgeries: 31

Expected total for 2017:

Source: Spay Arkansas

Spay Arkansas

Clinic days: Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21. Call to schedule surgery.

Vaccine clinics: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 6

Where: 1909 W. Hunstville Ave., Springdale

Information: 756-1100, spayarkansas.org

Top reasons to spay or neuter

• Pets will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying females helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. Neutering a male animal prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

• A spayed female pet won’t go into heat. In an effort to advertise for mates, cats, for example will, yowl and urinate more frequently — sometimes all over the house.

• A male dog will be less likely to roam away from home, looking for a mat. While roaming, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.

• A neutered male might be better behaved. They are less likely to mark their territory, mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects. Some aggression problems might be avoided by early neutering.

• Spaying and neuteringpets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of a pet’s surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

SOURCE: ASPCA

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Veterinarian Eric Jayne performs a spay procedure. "It's not just population control," Jayne said. "Dogs are a l...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Romaine Kobilsek cuddles a kitten before a procedure at Spay Arkansas in Springdale. She was one of the founders...

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