Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, which operates the Allegan County Animal Shelter, held a free Spay-Neuter and Vaccination Clinic on Sept. 7 at Lee Township Hall in Pullman, serving more than 60 pets and their Pullman-area families:
- 41 dogs and 25 cats were spayed or neutered
- Three puppies received emergency medical services due to illness
- All cats and dogs, and even a bunny, received vaccinations and, if needed, flea treatment, nail trimming, deworming and even minor dental work for some
- Every pet owner also received items donated by local businesses such as leashes, collars and pet food
“Spaying and neutering our pets is the only way to reduce the vast number of unwanted animals who end up in animal shelters,” Wishbone Education and Community Services Coordinator Lynda Stein said. “It is important to recognize that all pet owners can play a part in helping to reduce the overwhelming number of animals who are euthanized in shelters due to overcrowding. We were happy to be able to contribute to that decline by helping our neighbors in the Pullman area.”
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in this country, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. Spay-neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation.
“My hope is that this clinic helped to emphasize the importance of spaying, neutering and vaccinations to keep pets healthy as well as lessen the burden that overpopulation of unwanted pets has on shelters and pet food pantries such as ours,” Wishbone Board Member and Spay-Neuter Clinic Coordinator Michelle DeLash said.
The second Saturday of every month, Wishbone hosts a Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic, usually held at Wishbone House in Douglas.
The free clinic for the Pullman community came about when Lynda Stein met Martha Cerda from Love INC. at an event. Stein had also been talking with Michelle DeLash about such a clinic.
“We talked about how we could work together to provide for the needs of the animals in the Pullman area. One thing led to another and, with the support of Lee Township, the help of Love INC., and many wonderful service providers and volunteers, we were able to hold the free event,” Stein said.The clinic was fully funded by revenue raised at Wishbone’s Golden Gala held in April.
Wishbone thanks the following people and organizations for their support:
- Lee Township and Lee Township Supervisor Scott Owen
- Lee Township Board of Trustees Member Lisa Galdikas and her husband Tim
- Pam Rawson and the great group of people from the Lee Township Fire Department, including Hope Curley, Nicholas Biesbrock, Sandy Kasinger, Chelsea Kasinger, Andrew Cadwell and Aaron Cadwell
- Staff from Spay-Neuter Express
- Electrician Josh Halgren
- Larry Stein
- Debbie and Doug Bale from Pizza Plus
- Martha Cerda and Love, INC.
- Chow Hound
- Groovy Paws