Roving Reporter | "Humane Society Hosts First Low-Cost Clinic" | Text by Gayly Opem, 3 Photos by Suzanne Demaree

Forty-one cats were spayed or neutered on Monday Oct. 19 at the Humane Society & Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton (HSAC) at its first day-long low-cost clinic. Surgeries and rabies shots were done by the veterinarian staff of The Cattery animal shelter from Corpus Christi on their new MASH mobile clinic bus. The Humane Society hosted and organized the event as part of its community outreach to encourage and assist residents with controlling the cat population in the area.

Clients purchased $20 vouchers for the surgeries and $10 rabies shots at the shelter. The Humane Society subsidized the sterilization cost. Cars lined up to deliver their cats as the sun rose at 7:30am. Volunteers and staff from both shelters labeled carriers, processed paperwork and shuttled the cats to the clinic bus. Clients picked up their cats after 4pm the same day.

Humane Society Board President Kathy Noble said, "HSAC was privileged to host the MASH mobile clinic for one of their first clinic days outside of Corpus Christi. We extend our sincere appreciation to The Cattery and their wonderful staff for helping make this clinic available to Rockport-Fulton. This effort was a huge success and helps us move closer to our goal of a "No-Kill" community and county. We look forward to having another clinic day soon; where hopefully, we can include small dogs as well as cats for sterilization."

Photo Captions:
  • TOP - Volunteers Debbie Stufflebean (left) and Amanda Becher accept vouchers for clients' cats.
  • MIDDLE - Cars line up at 7:30am Oct. 19 at The Humane Society to bring in their cats for the clinic.
  • BOTTOM - Shelter Manager Lori Cesar (left) and Asst. Manager Noah Hendrixson discuss how to handle 41 cat carriers.

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