Pet Savers, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic out of Spokane, recently expanded to Chewelah to help continue its mission in reducing pet overpopulation in the Inland Northwest.
The Chewelah clinic, located at 902 West Robert, is open every Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to offer cat and dog spay and neuter surgeries as well as dental services, vaccinations and health checks by licensed veterinarians.
Pet Savers will be hosting a grand opening event on July 20 in Chewelah to celebrate its recent expansion. Tours of the facility and free hot dogs will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, the clinic is offering a free rabies vaccination to the first 50 people who schedule appointments for that day or any Friday after.
Jackie Bell, director of development for Pet Savers, said the non-profit organization originally started as a pet adoption agency in 1998 but changed its mission in 2005 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. It is a more effective way to control the pet population in Spokane and surrounding areas while decreasing the frequency of dog and cat euthanasia, Bell said.
Since 2005, they have performed more than 33,000 spay and neuter surgeries.
Bell said they wanted to expand the area they service after seeing “such great success in Spokane” and understand that there is a strong need for these low cost services in rural communities. Chewelah is also centrally located within Stevens County, which is a large rural area.
Bell said they are not looking to compete with local veterinary clinics, but want to help provide the community with an affordable way to have pets spayed or neutered.
Since opening on May 9 in Chewelah, they have continued to keep busy with full days of surgeries, she said.
Pet Savers employs three licensed veterinarians and sends two to Chewelah each Friday. They also have veterinary technicians on staff and a Chewelah office manager.
Bell said the building, which is the former Home Suite Home furniture store, is a great facility for them because it is wide open with lots of room to move and enough space for animals to recover after surgery.
The cost for cat spay surgeries are $57 and cat neuter surgeries are $37. Dog spay surgeries for dogs under 50 pounds cost $75 and dog neuter surgeries for dogs under 50 pounds cost $65. For dogs, add another $10 for each additional 10 pounds of weight.
As a non-profit organization, Pet Savers accepts donations to help offset costs and they apply for grants regularly to lower service prices even further. Bell said they are always looking for volunteers as well.
Call 935-6323 any day of the week to make an appointment. The phone is forwarded to the Spokane clinic during off hours.
Go to www.petsavers.us for more information.
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff