St. George Mobile Clinic
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Spaying and neutering your pets is the best way to curb the pet overpopulation problem and prevent homeless animals from entering the shelter system. The Humane Society of Utah opened its nonprofit spay/neuter clinic in 1962, and since that time, we’ve performed hundreds of thousands of sterilization surgeries. We currently average over 10,000 dog and cat spay and neuter operations each year. There is a critical demand for help in the Washington County, Utah area. With factors effecting what animals the local shelters can accept, and a lack of available veterinary services, there is an overwhelming need for sterilization options for pets.
After witnessing the dire situation in the Washington County area, the Humane Society of Utah executive director, Vaughn Maurice, proposed that clinic services be expanded to reach this underserved pet population. With the approval of the Board of Directors, Maurice initiated plans to open an affordable wellness clinic in the St. George area to provide the same services that are offered at the Murray City location. As the population of St. George continues to grow, so does the number of pets. An affordable space was located where pet vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries could be performed for the community; however, the clinic’s scheduled opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not giving up on the people and pets who were eagerly awaiting the help that the Humane Society of Utah had proposed, Maurice found an alternate solution to begin scheduling spay/neuter surgeries for the overburdened animal shelters and rescue groups in the area using a mobile clinic trailer. The use of the veterinary trailer was donated by the Utah State University Veterinary School of Medicine. With the addition of shelter veterinarian, Dr. Gray, and staff, appointments are scheduled to begin in September 2020.
Spay and neuter surgeries will be performed in the mobile clinic until the wellness clinic can open for the community.
The affordable public wellness clinic is expected to open later this year. Until then, this crucial service will be available to the local animal welfare community and public. As we work together to help the homeless animals throughout the state, we know many other areas are also in need of spay/neuter services. We hope to be able to bring this mobile clinic to other locations in the near future.