Pet Haven in collaboration with Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project held another feline Spay/Neuter Day event at the Westgate Pet Clinic on Sunday, April 17th hosted by the veterinarians and staff from Westgate clinic, led by Teresa Hershey, DVM. We had a great team of volunteers representing both PH (Barbarajean Brandt, Christy Thorson, Jamie Whiteside, Reade Adams, Carolmarie Steinegger) and MSNP (Melanie Hill, Carol Schmidt, Angela Scaletta). In total, 33 cats [belonging to low-income community residents] were sterilized, received rabies and distemper vaccinations and microchips beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending around 4:30 in the afternoon.
Families were sent home with a three-day supply of pain medication and instructions to curtail any running, climbing, and jumping for the first couple of days to allow the surgical site to properly heal. Westgate also donated additional medications for cats with upper respirator yinfections and ear mites. There were no complications but one cat with a slow clotting factor was sent home with Vitamin K and is recovering well.
To date through the combined efforts of Pet Haven and MSNP, over 5000 dogs and cats from low-income households have been spayed or neutered.