STAUNTON — The Augusta Regional SPCA offers a low-cost clinic to spay and neuter cats and dogs. However, the price is even better thanks to a legacy grant from longtime supporter Maryanne Moffett.
Thanks to a bequest from Moffett through the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Augusta Regional SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic is able to offer the procedure for $25 for a limited number of pets. The $25 is for one pet per household of cats and dogs. Additional weight in dogs may increase the fees.
Debbie Caywood, Augusta Regional SPCA director, said spaying and neutering is important to prevent pet overpopulation and the crowding of stray or unwanted pets in open admission shelters.
This is the third year the shelter received the ongoing grant. The SPCA typically starts taking the $25 spay and neuter appointments in May and by July have used up the grant for the year.
“The reason for the co-pay, we found if they buy into it, it’s more meaningful and shows the responsibility for the animal as well,” Caywood said.
In addition to helping with the animal population, Caywood said there are other benefits to pet altering as well.
“It’s a way for the responsible pet owner to have a wonderful pet without behavior or health issues involved,” she said.
Moffett was from Staunton. Caywood remembered her as a dedicated SPCA supporter, vice president of the board of directors, kind, soft-spoken and with a passion for animals. After she passed away, she made it so she was still making a difference in the animal community with the bequest.
The Augusta Regional SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic offers “top-shelf service at an affordable price,” Caywood said. The clinic has a vet, vet tech and three assistants, providing the same quality of service that any vet office would offer.
In 2001, the ARSPCA relinquished the duties of taking in stray companion animals to the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center in Lyndhurst. It was the Augusta Regional SPCA’s goal to focus on spay and neuter, adoptable animals and humane education.
Caywood said the SPCA’s goal was to provide the low-cost clinic and affordable spay-and-neuter services as a way to give back to the community that always supported the shelter.
Healthy dogs and cats 8 weeks and older that weigh at least 2 pounds are eligible for surgery. Dogs typically cost about $75, depending on weight. Female cats are $50 and males $40 without the grant.
Vaccinations and other services are an additional cost.
To schedule an appointment or inquire about spots left with the grant money, call 540-885-7838 or 540-885-7722. The Augusta Regional SPCA and clinic is at 33 Archery Lane in Staunton.
More information can be found at augustaregionalspca.org/Clinic.html.