New spay, neuter clinic aims to address animal over-population

Published on Friday, 14 February 2014 23:06 - Written by From KYTX CBS 19 Reports

A new spay and neuter clinic, The SNIPPET Clinic, has opened in Tyler at 3405 NNE Loop 323.

Some say it’s coming at a good time.

“When I first moved here, I had no idea about the issue. It is horrible and it is an awareness issue,” Pat Caldwell said.

Ms. Caldwell has made it her mission to spay or neuter her own pets and any that she comes across in the county — which she said are too many.

“I’m not trying to blow up a problem that isn’t there. It’s a very real problem. And I have harped on this and harped, and I will continue,” Ms. Caldwell said.

It’s a goal of the SPCA of East Texas to cut down on the animal overpopulation issue, and ultimately, euthanizations.

“We have major functions going on right now. Adoption, rescue, and spay or neuter,” Deborah Dobbs, president of SPCA East Texas, said.

Dobbs said she didn’t want cost to be the reason why people didn’t bring in their pets for the procedure.

“With this assistance program, we’re able to offer it now to families in the community that would like to get it done, they just simply couldn’t do it,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs said Petsmart played a huge role in making this happen, giving grants of almost $100,000 for equipment and training.