A total of 153 spay or neuter surgeries were performed during a one-day cat clinic held Sept. 9 by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui. The cats were operated on by a Hawaii-licensed veterinarian, with surgery prep and post-surgery care provided by trained volunteer staff.
Surgery costs were covered in part by donations from pet owners, with the remainder paid for with grant funds obtained by SPCA Maui. SPCA Maui President Whitney White said that the grant-assisted surgeries make spay/neuter affordable for pet owners, and for those working to reduce the number of feral animals on the island.
"The one-day clinic has proven to be an extremely cost-effective way to provide professional veterinary care for as many pet owners and caretakers as possible," said White. "Each animal receives loving care from trained staff and volunteers, and pet owners are given detailed post-surgery instructions on how to care for their cat when they return home."
Volunteers Maya Crow and her mother, Dr. Susana Crow, use a flashlight to conduct a post-surgery check during a cat clinic on Sept. 9.
In addition to the one-day cat clinic, SPCA Maui is offering a $20 special for all canine spay/neuter surgeries during September. Dogs must be at least four months old, and there is a limit of five dogs per owner.
The discounted cost will be applied to all canine spay or neuter surgeries scheduled through SPCA Maui during September. Additional donations will be gladly accepted.