PANAMA CITY -- A low-cost spay and neuter clinic is opening its doors for the first time today. It’s all a part of the city's goal to reduce unwanted pets. The Operation Spay Bay clinic is trying to help cut down on the city's pet population.
Bay County Animal Control took-in 6,502 animals at the county's shelter last year. Seventy percent of those were euthanized. County officials are hoping to reduce both of those numbers, by making sterilization more available and affordable.
"It's so important that people have their animals spayed and neutered and this program will allow them to do that,” said Bay County Public Information Officer Valerie Sale.
The program is Operation Spay Bay. Spay Bay has been providing discount vouchers to pet owners to have a vet spay or neuter their pets.
Monday the non-profit opened its own spay and neuter clinic at the Humane Society of Bay County's shelter off Bay Avenue, behind the Panama City Police Department.
"The overpopulation of animals here in Bay County and the surrounding counties is a big problem so were trying to help out with that cut down on the population," Head Technician Jessica Quinn said.
With their new surgical table and new anesthesia machines the vets are preparing for future procedures.
Prices are reasonable. Cats are $35, small dogs are $50, and dogs weighing more than 50 pounds are $70.
The staff can't wait to get started.
"We're hoping to spay or neuter at least 40 pets a day on average hopefully more than that. That translates to a lot of pets not having unwanted litters," Board of Dir. Operation Spay Bay Charles Cromer said.
"It's a big opportunity for me to be able to cut down on the population here there's so many animals thousands of animals put down every
day,” said Quinn.
You must make appointments for your pet. To schedule a spaying or neutering procedure, call 850-215-1022.