FREEPORT — Residents now have an affordable clinic to bring their pets for spay and neuter services.
What used to be a Subway Restaurant is now Community Spay-Neuter Clinic located at 475 Route 1 in the Freeport Outlet. The clinic was made possible by the Center for Wildlife Health Research, an organization which received funding from individual donors, PetSmart Charities and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Dr. Elizabeth Stone, Director of the Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, said the clinic will open on Monday, Nov. 22 and will provide sterilization services Monday through Wednesday.
“We want to provide these services for people who might not otherwise (be able to) afford this service,” she said. “There is a very large population in a low income bracket due to the economy and this is a way to help them sterilize their pets.”
She said there are thousands of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats that could be treated in order to help solve the pet overpopulation problem. Many pets have not even been vaccinated due to the high cost, she said.
The spay/neuter services will range from $60 for cats including vaccinations and between $110 and $150 for dogs depending on the size, she said. There are further reduced rates for feral cats and pit bulls which are more difficult to place and are more often returned to shelters than other breeds, Stone said.
“In Maine, the most overpopulated dog is the pit bull,” she said.
Community Spay-Neuter Clinic will be open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule a pet sterilization, call 865-0772 or visit communityspayneuterclinic.com.
Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org