First spay/neuter clinic in the region will likely open by the end of 2019
BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - The region's first spay and neuter clinic is coming to Big Flats. The Chemung County SPCA recently announced its plan to build the clinic at its current location on Route 352.
"For some time, we have had a fairly robust spay and neuter program here. We alter about 3,500 animals a year in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation. But due to the limitations of our facility, we're just not able to keep up with the demand," says Tom Geroy, Executive Director of Chemung County SPCA.
According to the SPCA, demand just keeps growing and growing.
Geroy added, "Therefore, we saw the need to build a dedicated spay and neuter facility. So we can meet the community need and reduce pet overpopulation."
For many years the Chemung County SPCA held four spay and neuter clinics per month, serving roughly 35 animals each time. Overtime, they've increased to now 10 clinics per month, and the SPCA says they're still not able to meet the demand.
"I think we need to remember that there are only so many adoptive homes in our community. There is only so much room in the shelters, and dealing with pet overpopulation is really the most important thing you can do to improve animal welfare," says Geroy.
The Chemung County SPCA says currently the facility is being designed. The facility will likely open by the end of the year.