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CARE spay days are successful

By Karen McMaster
Posted Sunday, June 25, 2006

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Siler City, NC - Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.) sponsored a series of subsidized spay days for dogs and cats of Chatham County residents who might not otherwise have been able to afford to have their pets altered. Six surgery days were scheduled starting January 21, 2006 and ending June 24, 2006.

Dr. Royce of Pet Overpopulation Patrol performed the majority of the surgeries in her mobile veterinary practice at the Siler City Wal-Mart; animals she could not accommodate went to Dr. Tysor of Tysor Veterinary Clinic. Animals were altered and received rabies and distemper vaccines if needed. Both veterinarians generously gave C.A.R.E. a discounted rate. C.A.R.E.'s total cost for the program was over $7,000 (an average of $55 per animal). This program was spearheaded by C.A.R.E. volunteer, Chris Casey.

A total of 134 animals were altered, with fewer cats (64) than dogs (70) participating. Dogs were evenly divided between large and small. Animals from all areas of Chatham County were represented, with the majority from Siler City and Pittsboro. The mean age of all animals was under two years.

Nearly half the animals came to their owners as strays, while gifts and births were also significant sources. Owners reported that over two-thirds of the females had never given birth before (at least not during the time the owner had cared for the animal). Over one-third of the animals had previously been seen by a veterinarian.

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