County Constructing Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
(Clayton, NJ) – Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Dan Christy announced today that Gloucester County is in the process of constructing a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to help reduce stray and unwanted animals and offer residents a more convenient and cost effective alternative for the services.
Freeholder Director Damminger said, "After many years of having to go out of the county for low cost spay/neuter services, Gloucester County residents will be able to obtain those services right here at their own animal shelter."
“This is a long time coming and we are happy to give our residents and their pets a place to go in our own county. If more people can afford to get their pets spayed and neutered, hopefully there will be less homeless animals coming into the shelter. Our intake is down each year, but we can do better,” said Damminger.
Damminger said that in 1990 the Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) took in almost 9,000 animals, last year that number was under 5,000.
Freeholder Dan Christy, Liaison to the Animal Shelter said that the need for a county-based clinic is great. “Currently, residents who do not adopt from the Gloucester County Animal Shelter are referred to low-cost clinics in surrounding counties.”
Cumberland and Camden County Counties operate low-cost spay/neuter clinic, as does Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees.
“This is a win-win for our residents, our taxpayers and the animals. The Shelter currently pays more for spay/neuter services then it charges for the adoption fee of the animal, and that cost is now prohibitive,” stated Freeholder Christy.
“This clinic will enable us to save more lives by adopting out more animals,” Christy said.
Animals adopted from the GCAS are required to be spayed/neutered as a condition of their adoption. That cost, and the cost of vaccines are included in the $125 (dog) and $95 (cat) adoption fee.
Christy said, “We are going to be looking for the successful operator of this clinic to also include microchipping in the standard fee it charges residents for spay/neuter and vaccine services. Currently that is an extra fee charged for an adopted dog or cat.”
The construction of the building is mostly supported mostly by donation dollars with a large sum coming from the Estate of Edward and Marion Klaisz of Woodbury. While the construction is going on through the year the county will request proposals for the operation and maintenance of the clinic.
The 4,320 square foot building will house prep, surgery, recovery, waiting and drop off and pick up rooms for dogs and cats is expected to open in mid 2015.