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Paul's Clinic aims to control pet population
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Paul’s Clinic has spayed and neutered 686 pets since March when the clinic opened. Community help is needed in order to continue the upward trend.
“Right now, we are working on letting people know that we’re here,” said animal activist Villa Mitchell, the driving force behind the clinic. “Spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce the animal population and keep animals from ending up at Animal Control. Please, have your animal spayed or neutered.”
A veterinarian comes in on Wednesdays and Thursdays to do the clinic’s scheduled procedures. Prices are: dog spay $60, dog neuter $50, cat spay $50, cat neuter $40.
To help ease the cost to low-income individuals, Mitchell is actively applying for grants.
“In June, we received $13,000 in grant money to help low-income citizens alter their pets,” said Mitchell. “We spent $6,000 of that in one month on cats and small dogs and $2,000 on large dogs, which shows the need for our clinic. We asked for proof of income for most of this.”
The clinic currently has funds to help fix dogs that are 40 pounds and over, but has used all its grant money for cats and small dogs. Additional funding has been applied for, but confirmation of approval will not be received until late fall.
Grants are not always available and they do not pay for everything the clinic needs. Mitchell says the clinic is geared toward helping the community by reducing the number of unwanted animals.
 “We need local support and volunteers,” she said. “Many thought that opening our clinic was a great idea, but we have no one volunteering or supporting us now that we’re open.”
Along with volunteers, the clinic needs donations of pet food (no Ol’ Roy dog food please) and dog houses. The donations will be given to local residents who are having a difficult time caring for their pets.
When the calls come in for food or housing, an effort will be made to encourage those individuals to have their pet fixed. For those who cannot afford it, the clinic would like to have those funds available.
“As these people contact us about help, we will also offer to help alter their pets at the clinic. We would also like to ask pet lovers to consider sponsoring a spray or neuter of a cat or small dog for someone who can’t afford to have their pet fixed.”
A website has been established for individuals who would like to learn more about the clinic and ways they can help. The site has a clinic bulletin board that displays a wish list page which contains items the clinic needs.
Community support is desperately needed.
“Local support is very important to us since we are trying to keep our prices as low as possible and fix as many pets as we can,” said Mitchell. “We are also trying to keep the lights on.”
In an effort to keep the lights on and financially assistant low-income individuals, the clinic would like a business, organization or individual to spearhead a fundraiser, such as a chili cook-off, this fall.
For ongoing financial help, the clinic is collecting ink jet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, old cellphones and used small electronics, such as laptops, MP3 players, GPS devices and digital cameras. The items will be recycled and the clinic can use the refund to help with expenses.
Monetary donations can be made on the website at paulsclinic@yahoo.com, or by mail at 3893 Nashville Highway, McMinnville, Tenn., 37110. Donations of pet food, dog houses, or other items can be dropped off at the clinic. Businesses wanting to collect items and have them picked up can call 668-2702.
For more information on how you can help or to schedule a spay or neuter appointment, contact the clinic at 668-2702.