SPCA gets the balls rolling with new spay-neuter clinic in Burnside

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By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

BURNSIDE - The ribbon has been snipped on the SPCA’s new snipping factory.

Outgoing executive director Kristin Williams officially opened the new high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter clinic at the provincial shelter in Burnside Wednesday.

“This was one of the first things I wanted to do when I came on board with the SPCA,” she told the small crowd. “I knew it was the most effective way for us to combat overpopulation and end the cycle of cruelty, neglect and abuse.”

The surgical clinic – the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada – is small but mighty, boasting diagnostic equipment that will save up to 60 trips a week to off-site clinics.

Most importantly, the clinic will be home to a specialized surgical team trained in the assembly-line techniques needed to spay and neuter an astounding 30 animals a day.

“It takes about three minutes to do a neuter and six to eight minutes to do a cat spay,” said shelter manager Sandra Flemming, leading a tour of the compact, gleaming suite of rooms. “This shelter is as efficient and well-run as you could possibly get.”

Williams said the plan is to eventually increase the number of surgery days from the current three a week to five – and perhaps, in time, seven.

“We know as many as 80 per cent of breeding age animals need to be altered to make a change in the intake in our shelters, and that’s not going to happen unless you have accessible spay-neuter,” she said. “So I hope that this is just the start.”

Geographic location: Burnside, Atlantic Canada

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  • louise lorette
    louise lorette
    June 06, 2013 - 07:55

    This is absolutely wonderful and it should be done in a lot more places !