NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The first low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Nacogdoches was closed last year. Volunteers wanted to continue the important work, so the O'Malley Alley Cat organization stepped up to the plate.
Now a new division called "O'Malley PET," short for "Preventing Euthanasia Together" is serving cats and dogs.
East Texas News visited the new low-cost spay/neuter clinic to watch the volunteers at work during their second surgery day.
Dr. Wendy Blount, a volunteer veterinary surgeon, never underestimates the ability of other dedicated volunteers for O'Malley Alley PET. Together they're reducing the unnecessary breeding of dogs and cats.
"Give him about five minutes and he'll be sound asleep," a volunteer said during the surgery.
While a kitty is prepped for surgery, Blount finishes up another.
"This is a spay," Blount said. This dog's name is Camo."
The low cost spays and neuters are just as much for pets as humans.
"Our clients go through a process of qualifying by demonstrating financial need," Blount said.
O'Malley PET surgeries cost around $50 depending on the type of surgery and size of the animal. Eventually, as many as 30 pre arranged surgeries will take place each Thursday.
"It's important work, and most of us get some satisfaction of helping people," Blount said.
Every volunteer sees the owner is reassured and the patient is comfortable.
"I look forward to Thursdays. I really do," Betty Yuracko, a volunteer at the clinic, said.
Volunteerism, grants, and donations are working toward a common goal. O'Malley PET reports the euthanization of as many as 45 unwanted dogs and cats to every 1,000 people in Nacogdoches County.
"Our goal is to get to 5 euthanasias per 1000 people annually and once we do that than we can work towards a new kill shelter," Michelle Sprague, the volunteer coordinator for O'Malley Alley PET, said.
The accomplishment requires a change in mindset.
"The perception that it's ok to breed unnecessarily and take the offspring to the shelter," Sprague said.
O'Malley PET is always needing volunteers, donations, dog food, and other supplies. Stop by the pet clinic at 611 North Fredonia on any Thursday to see how you can help out. O'Malley PET will be selling baked goods tomorrow with other non-profit agencies and the Nacogdoches Farmer's Market Spring Fling.
To learn more about O'Malley PET organization, visit the Web site at www.omalleypet.org.