The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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February 21, 2012

Spay, neuter clinic to have open house

Monday, February 20, 2012 — One local veterinarian has begun offering a reasonably cost spay and neuter clinic, which is something she says was missing in Stanly County.

Dr. Amy Jordan, owner of Bear Creek Mobile Veterinary, began the spay and neuter clinic in August 2011 as a response to the public.

“We were getting requests from the public to do a reasonable cost spay and neuter clinic, so we made the decision to provide this service,” Jordan said.

Jordan says she also saw the need to provide this service through her volunteer work with the animal shelter.

“Last year there were thousands of dogs euthanized because no one adopted them. Some of them had been brought in because [their owners] couldn’t afford to have them spayed or neutered,” Jordan said.

“It is my hope that, through this clinic, we can put a dent in those numbers. I don’t want to keep putting down puppies that haven’t done anything wrong. They’re only crime is being born.”

The N.C. Veterinary Medical Board inspected the clinic, which is being housed in the Bear Creek building on N.C. 73, and Jordan was cleared to begin the clinic in August.

“We only recently began to advertise for the clinic, and we really got busy after the first of the year,” Jordan said.

Prior to August, there was not a similar clinic in Stanly County, according to Jordan, though the local small animal veterinary office do provide the spay and neuter services.

Jordan explained that it is not her goal to replace the small animal veterinary offices, and she encourages everyone to continue taking their pets to their regular vet.

“We are only providing this service because we saw a need that we are trying to fill. Our main practice, however, provides veterinary services for larger animals. We cannot and will not treat smaller animals. We’re not licensed for that,” Jordan said.

“I want to stress that we are not here to take the place of your small animal vet. We are only trying to fulfill a need. If your pet is sick, you need to take them to your regular vet.”

Jordan is providing the clinic one day a week, usually on Tuesdays. She explained that appointments need to be scheduled in advance due to limited space. For those that call to make an appointment after all spaces are full, they will be placed on the schedule for the following week.

The clinic is available for cats and dogs, but all pets are required to be up to date on their rabies vaccination, proof of which is required. All animals are dropped off from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the day of the surgery, and are picked up by 4:30 p.m.

All cats must be placed in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Jordan requests that no extra items, such as food or bedding, be left with the animals when they are dropped off.

There are no financial qualifications to be met in order to use the spay and neuter clinic, and Jordan said there are also no county restrictions.

The cost for services at the Bear Creek Spay and Neuter Clinic is approximately $75, which is nearly half the cost of the service at small animal veterinarian offices, according to Jordan.

For more info regarding the clinic, or to make an appointment, call (704) 986-0000, or visit spay neuter.bearcreekvet.net. The office is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., but voicemail service is available.

Information regarding the clinic will also be available during an open house event at the Bear Creek Mobile Veterinary office on N.C. 73 Feb. 25. Discounts will also be provided for those who schedule an appointment while in attendance of the open house event.

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