PARKERSBURG -Several years in the making, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic has opened for the Parkersburg area.
The Humane Society of Parkersburg and S.P.O.T. (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together) Committee worked together to open the S.P.O.T. spay and neuter clinic on Sept. 23. The clinic held what it called a ribbon "snipping" Thursday night.
"The sole focus is to provide low-cost, affordable spay and neuter services to anyone," said Carrie Roe, president of the humane society board of directors. "It took a village and a huge amount of people and effort."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Sara Campbell, left, holds 'Charlie' while she talks with Dr. Kevin Rowles, the chief veterinarian at the S.P.O.T. Clinic. Charlie, a Dachshund, belongs to Jim Gilmore, who is one of the veterinarian technicians at the clinic.
Roe said the clinic, located at 506 29th St. in Parkersburg, is not a regular veterinary clinic. Anyone with a dog or cat will be able to use the low-cost facility, she said.
The S.P.O.T. Committee was formed several years ago when the Parkersburg Humane Society shelter saw a need in the area for a spay and neuter clinic. Karen Katchur, chairman of fundraising for the committee, said she could not be happier with the people who helped raise the money and build the facility.
Katchur said the committee will continue to raise money for special projects in need of funding through the humane society.
"We are still in existence and please support our fundraisers," she said.
Maryann Hollis, executive director of the humane society, said the staff of the clinic has seen about 15 operations a day since opening last month. The goal will be to perform 30 a day, she said.
"(The staff) have been doing a great job," Hollis said. "We could not do this without every single person in this community."
Terry and Sally Alvarez were visiting the shelter to support their daughter Maribeth, a receptionist and administrator for the clinic. The pair said they were pleased with the way it turned out.
Sally Alvarez said they have not adopted a pet from the humane society but were no strangers to taking care of stray animals.
Kevin Rowles is the veterinarian for the clinic. He has been a veterinarian for the past 10 years, practicing throughout West Virginia and earning his degree from North Carolina State University, he said.
"I have worked with a variety of shelters in West Virginia and (the Parkersburg shelter) does a phenomenal job and is truly a shelter to be proud of," Rowles said. "I like how every animal that comes in has a name."
Rowles said the staff can describe the personality of each dog or cat.
"They know not only what the animal is but something about its personality traits," he said.