Low-cost animal clinic offers cheaper services to mark first birthday
COLUMBIA - Columbia's only low-cost animal clinic, The Spay Neuter Project, is offering reduced rates throughout April to celebrate its first birthday.
The not-for-profit clinic is giving discounts for spay and neuter surgeries this month in an effort to further promote the awareness of the No Kill Columbia movement.
Surgeries cost pet owners $60, which is $10 off its regular price for spaying female dogs, which is often the most expensive kind of surgery. It costs more than $100 in many animal hospitals around Columbia and could be unaffordable to many pet owners.
"We are roughly half of the cost of other offices offering spay/neuter services," said Alyce Bader-Cooley, office manager of the The Spay Neuter Project.
Jill Swain, a board member of No Kill Columbia, said the organization is working on further preventing unwanted births and turning off the demand for animal shelters.
"We're focusing on continuing to offer low-cost spay and neuter services to help the animals in the community in the future," said Swain.
The clinic is a part of an advocacy non-profit organization No Kill Columbia which serves to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless pets.
"No Kill is defined simply as a commitment to ensure that all healthy and treatable animals leave a shelter alive," according to the group's website.
The website says thousands of dogs and cats are killed at mid-Missouri shelters each year and a major reason for pet overpopulation is that not enough people spay or neuter their animals.
Swain said an open house is scheduled for April 30 at 206 Austin Ave.