Free animal spay/neuter to arrive Oct. 17

Pet over population is a problem throughout the United States and especially here in Quay County, said Robert Ciolli of Tucumcari.

Every year about 1,500 animals are destroyed at the Tucumcari animal shelter, Ciolli said.

Last year, 1,428 dogs and cats were destroyed, according to Tucumcari Police Department records. Of those, 818 were dogs and 610 were cats.

In order to reduce the number here and throughout the state, the Eastern New Mexico Animal Welfare Center is encouraging everyone to spay or neuter their pets, Ciolli said.

And through the cooperation of Animal Protection New Mexico (APNM) and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, a mobile animal clinic will provide a one-day free spay and neuter clinic for dogs and cats in Tucumcari, Ciolli said.

The van is coming through the generosity of an anonymous donor, said Leslie King, community programs manager of APNM.

Each community visit costs about $1,500, said Duane Adams, executive director of the Santa Fe shelter. Through the spring and summer the van makes at least three trips per week to communities in northern New Mexico, Adams said.

A veterinarian, two technicians and Eva Paloheimo, the mobile van coordinator travel with the van, Paloheimo said.

In addition, volunteers from the community are needed for the daylong program, Ciolli said.

And while, it is a free clinic, donations to help defray the costs are appreciated, Ciolli said.

About 25 dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered during the clinic’s stay, Ciolli said.

For your dog or cat to be considered for the program:
l Fill out an application at the front desk at City Hall to schedule an appointment for your pet
l Animals must be between the ages of 4 months and 7 years.
l No pregnant dogs or cats will be accepted.
l Volunteers are needed to help with the day’s activities. To sign up visit the front desk at City Hall.
l Mobile clinic hours will be: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Del Norte Community Center (Site may change.)
l For more information call 461-8669.