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April 23, 2013

New program fixes ferals at lower cost

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Sometimes the cats might be tame enough to adopt out, but Elmore SPCA does not always have space for more animals.

WELDING GLOVES

Little yellow eyes of a black feral cat peered through the shadows of a cage.

“We have to use welding gloves to pick them up, or they scratch you,” said Robert Kiley, Dr. Kiley’s husband, as he pointed to the anxious little feline.

Mr. Kiley said his wife operates on a maximum of 17 cats every day they are at the SPCA.

“Spaying takes a half-hour,” he said. “It takes longer to knock them out.”

“There are too many cats and not enough homes,” Beshaw said.

Kiley said she will offer her $40 service until at least the end of the year; she hopes to extend it as long as she can.

STRAYS, FERALS

Kiley is not the only mobile veterinarian in the area. Mobile clinics are popping up to combat the increasing cat populations in the region and to offer owners a less expensive alternative to hospital prices.

Dr. Stacy Lambrinos’s Red Fern Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic offers routine services for cats and dogs. Spaying and neutering for cats starts at $80, and dogs start at $100, depending on weight.

Her prices had been cheaper for some time, but she raised them in order to cover costs.

The clinic has been around for five years, and she said people bring in their own cats and ferals as well.

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DISCOUNTED CAT SPAY, NEUTER

To set up an appointment at Adirondack Mobile Veterinary Service on days with discounted sterilization prices, call 314-1813.

Surgeries are performed in the mobile vet facility at Elmore SPCA, 556 Telegraph Road, Peru. Also, Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake offers the Spay/Neuter Voucher Assistance Program, providing financial-assistance vouchers to those who can't afford the entire cost of surgery to a dog or cat at nine participating veterinary hospitals/clinics in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.

Voucher amounts vary depending on the gender and type of animal -- $35 for a male cat, $50 for a female feline, $50 for a male dog and $75 for a female canine.

Some of the funds come through a grant from the NYS Animal Population Control Program and ASPCA. Learn more at http://tlhsny.webs.com.

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