Get low-cost pet care

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March 22, 2010 6:29:44 AM PDT
Pet-owners will be able to get low-cost pet care at a new clinic opening today in Gray's Ferry.

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will open its Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Grays Ferry Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 22, 2010.

The Clinic will serve pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care (sterilization, vaccinations, treatments for upper respiratory infections/parasites/fleas, etc.) and rescue organizations that need affordable spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to carry out their lifesaving work. It will also include housing for homeless dogs and cats, enabling PAWS to save even more animals from being needlessly killed in shelters.

The clinic will operate seven days a week. PAWS projects it will perform 12,000-15,000 spay/neuter surgeries during the Clinic's first year in operation.

"Our goal is to give pet owners an affordable way to care for and keep their pets as cherished family members," says Dana Spain, PAWS founder and president. "In doing so, we expect this facility to significantly reduce Philadelphia's homeless animal population, which now consists of more than 30,000 dogs and cats each year, and move Philadelphia closer to being a no-kill city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home."