By: Kara Duffy
February 17, 2014
Thomas County, GA- Veterinarians say the simple procedure of spaying or neutering your animal is the first step in the fight against pet overpopulation.
"It minimizes those unwanted litters; when you have a litter of eight to 10 puppies, it's very hard to place all those in good homes and then when they reproduce, it just expands from there," said Dr. Beckey Malphus, a veterinarian at the Clanton-Malphus-Hodges Veterinary Hospital in Thomasville.
Jerry Henderson, President of Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary in Thomas County wants to help tackle that problem, which is why he's set to open the 'South Georgia Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.'
"People sometimes forget that these animals know nothing about birth control, so something has to be done," Henderson said.
The new facility will be built behind the current Miss Kitty Sanctuary building.
Henderson says the clinic will serve folks within a 75 mile radius of Thomasville and will offer spay and neuter services to dogs and cats of all sizes, starting at $60.
"The first year our projections are to spay or neuter 5000 animals," Henderson said. "That's simply a number, but if you look at the end result of that number, that will mean some 40,000 unwanted animals will never be born."
Veterinarians say aside from helping control the overpopulation issue, spaying and neutering is also healthier for the animal.
"It minimizes breast cancer; it minimizes uterine cancer; any kind of reproductive infections," Dr. Malphus said.
Henderson says the new facility, which will be the first of its kind in Thomas County, will only focus on spay and neuter services and will not operate like a full service veterinarians' hospital.
Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014 and will be complete by the end of Summer.