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CAP clinic to offer low-cost spay, neuter services

December 31, 2018

Thanks to a Moody Foundation grant, Cornelius Clinic of Citizens for Animal Protection will offer low-cost spay and neuter services to the public on Wednesdays starting Jan. 9.

Focused on getting the program launched, Maverick Wagner, clinic and foster care director, said, “It’s a very needed service. We’re proud and humble that Moody Foundation gave us this grant to be able to offer this much-needed service to the community.”

The $125,000 grant enabled the clinic to buy equipment needed for the spay and neuter program, said Wagner, and cover first-year costs as the agency gets the program up and running. By offering spay and neuter services at a low cost, officials hope to be able to sustain it and keep it going.

“Pet overpopulation for cats and dogs is a problem in the Houston area,” said Wagner. He called it a multiple-level issue and noted that many animals shelters are filled or overcapacity. Spaying one animal can help nip the problem of overpopulation, he said. He cited figures from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.”

According to PETA, “just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.”

He stressed education of pet owners to underline how important spaying and neutering are and said people who possess the mind-set of wanting their animal to have just one litter can be difficult to sway to a different point of view. But he said while that pet owner is creating a litter and then trying to sell puppies or kittens, animals are sitting in shelters on euthanasia lists waiting for a permanent home.

The clinic hopes to spay or neuter 1,300 animals over the course of 2019, said Wagner. That’s looking at one day a week with 25 appointments a day.

“Spots are limited,” he said. “We’re filling appointments pretty quickly. Prices are very competitive. They’re lower than a full-service clinic.” Visit www.cap4pets.org/news-events/151-uncategorised/6211-spayneuter for details on how the program operates. Age and weight limits exist for kittens and puppies. Pets over 7 years old do not qualify for the program.

Email corneliusclinic@cap4pets.org or call 281-600-8500 to make an appointment.

Male neuters range from $45 to $120 and female spays from $60 to $135. Wagner said pet owners will drop off their pets between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Pickup times for pets will range from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.

The expansion in service occurs one year after the clinic opened. The Cornelius Clinic celebrated its ribbon-cutting Jan. 7, 2018, at 17555 Katy Freeway, to provide vaccinations and preventive programs on Saturdays.

The clinic, named after Sig Cornelius, CAP chairman of the board/president, and his wife, Patricia, was two years in the planning, according to Sandi Mercado, CAP executive director and chief administration officer. Six months after the clinic opened, CAP expanded its walk-in hours to four days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The clinic is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays and noon-6 p.m. Thursdays. No appointments are necessary.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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