Spay Oklahoma’s New South Clinic Opens Lucky Year #7

posted July 15th, 2010 by
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By Pat Atkinson

“We project that we’ll serve 10,000 cats and dogs and their guardians this year, 7,500 surgeries at our established north Tulsa clinic and 2,500 at our new south location,” says Judy Kishner, president of Spay Oklahoma’s board of directors. “We opened this new clinic to meet demand for low-cost spay and neuter services. At this time last year, we had a six-week waiting period from initial call to appointment. A waiting period of no more than three-weeks is best, otherwise we too often lose the opportunity to prevent more litters,” she said.

“And transportation to our north clinic was a common problem for many of our prospective clients. Now we can geographically better serve more people and pets.” Spay Oklahoma is the only program of its kind with site-based clinics in eastern Oklahoma. There are three low-cost spay/ neuter programs in Oklahoma City, operated by various rescue groups.

At an average charge of $100 – $200 at veterinary clinics to spay or neuter dogs or cats, low income families often cannot afford to provide care or sterilize their pets, contributing to abuse and neglect, injury, dumping, bites, roaming dogs, unwanted puppies and kittens, and sick animals.

Among the first surgery “customers” at Spay OK south is Bennie the Boxer, rescued by three kind ladies who responded to a distress call about a thin, hungry, diseased, and skin-infected dog dumped near a residential facility for juveniles.

Tulsa Boxer Rescue took in Bennie, a young dog who earlier had puppies who could not be found. She was infested with worms, covered with mites and other parasites, and her skin disease was complicated by dozens of open sores from insect bites.

Now, following her spay surgery, Bennie is in foster care, wormed, vaccinated, receiving regular healing scrub baths and eye meds for an infection, and, when strong enough, she may be facing another surgery for complications from infected lymph glands.

And for probably the first time in her young life, she’ll have a chance to share love with a new family after her journey to recovery from months of abuse and neglect. Her health and looks will soon match her sweet and winning personality, a dog who cherishes the kindness of people.

Lacking the interception of her trio of rescuers, Bennie was probably destined for the City of Tulsa’s animal control facility, at high risk of euthanasia due to her health complications.

Nancy Atwater, Spay Oklahoma’s secretary/ treasurer and voluntary chief executive officer, notes, “Our goal is to reduce the euthanasia rate of adoptable animals by 50 percent at the City of Tulsa shelter. This new clinic will give us the capacity to double the number of surgeries per year from 7,000 to 14,000 by the year 2011, the first full year of capacity operation at the new clinic.” Last year, of the 11,640 cats and dogs impounded at the City of Tulsa facility, 63 percent (7,303) were euthanized. “Because there are too many dogs and cats and not enough homes for them, thousands are put down at the City shelter. The only way to reduce that number is spaying and neutering, preventing the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens,” Atwater says.
And now, with two locations, Spay Oklahoma is doubling the odds against too many unwanted dogs and cats, too many put down, too few homes, overcrowded rescue shelters, too much abuse, neglect, abandonment and heartbreak.

Pat Atkinson is an award-winning journalist and member of Spay Oklahoma’s Board of Directors.

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