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St. Augustine Humane Society opens spay/neuter clinic

St. Augustine Humane Society's low-cost spay/neuter clinic staff members include (left to right)Dr. Kimberly Niessen, Veterinarian; Michele Blackburn, Vet Technician; Shea Tessier, Vet Technician; and Susan Fichte, Vet Assistant.
St. Augustine Humane Society's low-cost spay/neuter clinic staff members include (left to right)Dr. Kimberly Niessen, Veterinarian; Michele Blackburn, Vet Technician; Shea Tessier, Vet Technician; and Susan Fichte, Vet Assistant. (Provided by St. Augustine Humane Society)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Humane Society has opened the first low-cost, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic in St. Johns County.

The clinic, located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine, will provide pet owners with more affordable services to fix their dogs and cats.

"Our goal is to make spay/neuter services more affordable to pet owners who might not otherwise be able to sterilize their pets," St. Augustine Humane Society Executive Director Carolyn Smith said in a news release. "With thousands of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized every year, these services are essential to solving our homeless pet overpopulation problem."

The Society operates a wellness clinic one day a week for pet owners in financial difficulty, and now the surgery clinic is also open one day a week, with expansion plans for three days a week. Spay /neuter surgery fees will range from $35 to $85, depending on the size, gender, and type of pet. Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify. 

The Humane Society's veterinary clinic received $48,500 in funding form PetSmart Charities for start-up equipment and supplies for the spay/neuter clinic, which is anticipated to perform more than 5,000 surgeries each year.

The Humane Society also received the Florida Animal Friend Grant, which provides more than $14,000 in free surgeries for qualified pet owners.

The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the new surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pet owners must pre-register and prepay for spay/neuter surgery.

For more information, call 904-829-2737 or visit www.staugustinehumanesociety.org