Published on June 06, 2013
Sandra Flemming, Director of Animal Care of the Nova Scotia SPCA, gives a tour of the SPCA's new spay and neuter clinic in Dartmouth on Wednesday.
Metro Halifax/Jeff Harper
Published on May 15, 2013
A vet technician takes care of a cat following surgery.
Metro Halifax file photo
By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
BURNSIDE - The ribbon has been snipped on the SPCA’s new snipping factory.
Outgoing executive director Kristin Williams officially opened the new high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter clinic at the provincial shelter in Burnside Wednesday.
“This was one of the first things I wanted to do when I came on board with the SPCA,” she told the small crowd. “I knew it was the most effective way for us to combat overpopulation and end the cycle of cruelty, neglect and abuse.”
The surgical clinic – the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada – is small but mighty, boasting diagnostic equipment that will save up to 60 trips a week to off-site clinics.
Most importantly, the clinic will be home to a specialized surgical team trained in the assembly-line techniques needed to spay and neuter an astounding 30 animals a day.
“It takes about three minutes to do a neuter and six to eight minutes to do a cat spay,” said shelter manager Sandra Flemming, leading a tour of the compact, gleaming suite of rooms. “This shelter is as efficient and well-run as you could possibly get.”
Williams said the plan is to eventually increase the number of surgery days from the current three a week to five – and perhaps, in time, seven.
“We know as many as 80 per cent of breeding age animals need to be altered to make a change in the intake in our shelters, and that’s not going to happen unless you have accessible spay-neuter,” she said. “So I hope that this is just the start.”