Spay Neuter Clinic opening

Spay Neuter Clinic opening

Spay Neuter Network

3117 E. Seminary Dr.

Fort Worth 76119

A new veterinary clinic in southeast Fort Worth opened Monday with a goal of improving quality of life in the area neighborhoods for people and pets.

Spay Neuter Network, the new clinic located at 3117 Seminary Dr., wants to solve the stray overpopulation problem by conducting about 33,000 free neutering and spaying surgeries in the coming years.

Thousands of stray animals live on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth. Many die each day of starvation, exhaustion, disease or automobile accidents, according to officials with Saving Hope Foundation.

"This campaign is designed to keep our community safer," said Mayor Betsy Price, who attended the clinic's opening ceremony Monday. "For those who love their pet, they have an option to bring them here. This is free spay and neuter and vaccination, which will help reduce the unwanted pet population.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Price, formally opened the 2,800 square feet facility that is funded by a $6.7 million capital campaign. Spay Neuter Network, which also has a location in Dallas, is leasing the newly-renovated space for 3 years.

Fort Worth's Saving Hope Foundation partnered with the charity to open the new clinic. The foundation has already raised $2 million for the total project. It will provide periodic payments to the clinic over the course of the next three years.

"This is all privately-funded. They've raised the money for this, the Saving Hope Foundation," Price said. "Nobody wants a pet to suffer. All these unwanted pets end up in our shelter, or they end up having to be put down. And this can help stop that. And we can become a no-kill shelter, where all pets have a home."

Other Texas cities, like, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio have adopted similar programs. Since 2011, Austin has saved over 90% of its homeless animals.

The Spay Neuter Network has sterilized more than 256,000 dogs and cats in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It started with the Hope Mobile unit, a surgical bus that brings the services to the pet.

But, the bus is not able to accommodate large volumes of animal or dogs over 60 lbs.

So, the new store-front location in Fort Worth is a much-needed solution, according to the organization. The clinic primarily targets 12 low-income zip codes in southeast Fort Worth, but all Fort Worth pet owners are welcome.

"We would reach 75% of the animals in this area, which will get ahead of the over-population problem," said Gloria Moncrief, co-founder of Saving Hope Foundation.

"We would reach 75% of the animals in this area, which will get ahead of the over-population problem," said Moncrief. "If we do that, then we'd reduce the amount of animals entering shelters in Fort Worth, and we reduce the pressure on the shelters. And obviously, we'll be able to find all the animals that are in the shelters home."

Saving Hope Foundation is accepting donations and holding different fundraisers for its spay and neuter project campaign, called the "Snip, Snip Hooray!" campaign.

"We got to talk to people about the importance of taking care of their dogs," Moncrief said. "Getting them spayed, neutered, not breeding, getting their annual vaccinations, taking care of them."

The Spay Neuter Network clinic in Fort Worth operates 6 days a week and conveniently opens early in the morning for pet-owners to drop their pets.

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