KCHA to open public spay/neuter clinic
The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association has announced it will open a public spay/neuter clinic this summer.
The KCHA’s Fix Charleston clinic will offer low-cost, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and wellness care to any dog or cat in Kanawha County or the outlying region. Services will be rendered regardless of owners’ income or county of residence.
Veterinarian Dr. Paul Fleming will lead the services that will be provided at Fix Charleston’s clinic on the lower level of the KCHA facility at 1248 Greenbrier St. in Charleston. Fleming partnered with Dr. Jamie Totten to perform spay and neuter services when the KCHA opened its in-house clinic last spring, but veterinary services there have been limited to only shelter pets. According to the KCHA, Fix Charleston is equipped to provide spay/neuter and wellness care to more than 8,700 animals yearly.
“Fix Charleston has been a dream of KCHA’s dedicated board and staff since becoming a life-saving facility in 2013. We’ve always wanted to maximize our facility to prevent pet overpopulation through affordable, accessible spay/neuter,” KCHA Executive Director Chelsea Staley said in a media release.
“We extend our sincerest thanks to the Kanawha County Commission and KCHA donors and volunteers who have made our life-saving mission possible these last three years,” said KCHA Director of Development Jessie Shafer. “We would never be able to offer these progressive programs and services without the support of our community.”
The new facility should also lessen the workload of the only other HQHVSN program in the region, Help for Animals in Barboursville. Help for Animals performs approximately 14,000 surgeries per year.
The Charleston Regional Spay/Neuter Center has been working for years to open an HQHVSN clinic closer to the area for years. Center officials anticipate opening the Fix’Em clinic this summer in the Hillcrest Office Park, 102 Dee Drive in Charleston.
While the KCHA and Fix Charleston are not affiliated with the CRSNC or the Fix’em Clinic, KCHA representatives have stated they support their mission in reducing pet overpopulation.
Fix Charleston is a program of Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, a not-for-profit organization classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. To contribute to Fix Charleston and/or Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, call Jessie Shafer at 304-342-1576, ext. 124.
Naming rights for Fix Charleston’s clinic, surgical suite, admissions center, lobby and examination rooms are available. A June 1 opening date is anticipated by KCHA officials.
Appointments for Fix Charleston services will be accepted beginning in mid-May. The average fee per client is $75.
Updates on the opening of the Fix Charleston Clinic will be posted on the KCHA’s Facebook page.