CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — "It's hip to snip."
A new spay and neuter clinic in Christiansburg is hoping to help control the pet population. Mountain View Humane has made affordable spay and neuter services available in the New River Valley.
The facility currently sees 25 to 30 dogs and cats per day. In less than three months of operation, Mountain View has performed the procedure a thousand times.
Pricing starts at $45, which is half of what many regular vets charge. Kelly Cass, Mountain View Humane executive director, says the veterinarian community has been very accepting.
"We serve a bracket of people who have been under served. 85% of animals who come to a spay or neuter clinic have never seen a vet before. So we serve a population most vets would never see, " Cass said. "We want to get those people into a veterinarian relationship with a private practice. We have some veterinarians who offer a free incision check 10 days after the surgery to get those people into their doors so they can continue good care of their pets."
In an effort to keep overhead costs and prices down, Mountain View Humane does not provide wellness care for animals. It has a number of low income clients, but the facility does not have income restrictions, and can provide assistance if needed.
"Our goal is to never turn anyone away because of money. We always try to make sure we can help cover the cost if they can't cover the cost," said Cass.
Diana Crush of Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia has brought a number of dogs in to be spayed or neutered. Working with a limited budget, Crush said the Dalmatian Rescue is able to do more with less thanks to Mountain View.
"We take in more dogs. We can definitely bring them here. The cost is lower. It helps us out too."
Mountain View also provides an excellent opportunity for students in the nearby Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Students work at the facility for three weeks at a time. There are also a number of pre-veterinary medicine students who volunteer.
"Not only experience doing spays and neuters, but doing physical exams, and helping with anesthesia, and monitoring," said Rennie Waldron, veterinary medicine student.
Mountain View Humane's website has all of the contact and pricing information, and also ways you can help including a list of items needed for donation.