Since its opening last year, the Tiffany Dlesk Spay-Neuter Clinic has successfully operated on 1,500 dogs and cats in the community to help to limit the number of litters coming into the Marshall County Animal Shelter.
"Spaying and neutering cuts down on the animal population," Director Denise Nally said. "Even after just a year of having the clinic, we are starting to see a decline in the puppies that are coming in to the shelter. The main goal is to diminish the population so euthanasia rates at the shelter can go down."
Nally said the clinic serves animals who have been adopted next door at the Marshall County Animal Shelter and pets of low-income families who may not be able to afford surgery at a veterinarian's office.
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Vet technician Lauren Cook takes Skeeter for a walk before surgery at the Tiffany Dlesk Spay-Neuter Clinic.
The clinic operates on about 20 dogs and cats a day, she said.
According to Nally, there is only one other low-cost spay-neuter clinic in West Virginia. She stressed the clinic serves anyone in the surrounding area, including families in Ohio, Wetzel and Belmont counties, as long as their income qualifies.
In addition to spay and neuter surgery, the clinic offers heartworm testing, FelV/FIV testing, rabies vaccinations, microchips, deworming and vaccinations.
Prior to the clinic's opening, Nally said, animals at the Marshall County shelter were spayed and neutered through local veterinarians, but the new clinic keeps costs down and is more convenient for the shelter.
"We would love to get more shelters on board," Nally said. "In counties that don't get animals spayed or neutered, those populations rates are increasing because many people don't use spay and neuter vouchers that are offered. If we can get them spayed and neutered prior to leaving the shelters, that would be huge for the community."