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Mobile clinic offers low-cost pet vaccines, spaying and neutering

GOLDEN VALLEY - Keeping a pet healthy, happy and safe can be an expensive proposition. Three local organizations are pooling their resources and efforts to make vaccinations and spaying or neutering pets more affordable.

Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic, a division of Second Chance Center for Animals, is teaming with Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation in Golden Valley to bring low-cost vaccine and spay/neuter clinics to Golden Valley and Bullhead City.

Today is the only day for the vaccination clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whatever Shop on state Highway 68 in Golden Valley, and no appointment is necessary. Just bring your pet and show up at your convenience.

Vaccine prices are:

• DA2PPCV five-in-one vaccine for dogs, $20.

• FCRCP/FELV five-in-once vaccine for cats, $20.

• Rabies for cats or dogs, $10.

• Bordatella to prevent kennel cough in dogs, $10.

The clinic is also offering parasite management, including flea and tick prevention, de-worming, mange treatment and ear mite treatment.

Low-cost spaying and neutering also are available by appointment today and Thursday at the Whatever Shop, and on Jan. 10 and 11 at the Chamber of Commerce office in Bullhead City.

Check-in time is between 8 and 9 a.m. on any of the dates, at either location.

Surgery prices are:

• Female dog spay, $75.

• Male dog neuter, $60.

• Female cat spay, $50.

• Male cat neuter, $40.

Animals in heat, pregnant or weighing more than 60 pounds are subject to additional fees. Vaccinations and other services will be available at an additional low-cost fee to animals undergoing surgery.

There are some requirements for animals undergoing surgery, and for their owners:

• Pet owners should give the animals no food or water for 12 hours before the surgery.

• Animals to be spayed or neutered must be at least two months old and no older than 5 years.

• They should weigh at least two pounds and no more than 90 pounds.

• No more than three animals from the same household.

• Animals that have been through surgery must be kept indoors for three days afterwards.

• Animals undergoing surgery must already have a rabies vaccination or get the vaccine at the time of surgery.

• All animals are examined for surgical acceptance, and an appointment does not guarantee the surgery.

Mandatory birth control

Mohave County spends in excess of $1 million to capture, care for and dispose of the 10,000 stray dogs and cats that come through the county pound each year. That's money that could be spent to help underprivileged children or the elderly, if a proposed mandatory spay and neuter law goes into effect.

Hillarie Allison, director of the Rescue Our Furry Friends Foundation, said the proposed ordinance makes sense from a taxpayer's point of view.

"Even if you hate animals, wouldn't it be nice to save the $120 or more that it costs for each animal taken into the pound? And if you love animals, wouldn't it be wonderful to know there are fewer of them being killed? This area really needs a law that will require pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered," Allison said.

"Just visit the county pound or our facility at RUFFF. RUFFF is a no-kill shelter, so 95 percent of our animals go to new homes. The rest grow old and die here, where they're taken care of and happy.

"Sadly, only 7 percent of the animals taken to the pound leave alive."

She said the animal pounds in Kingman and Bullhead City together dispose of two tons of dog and cat carcuses every week. Those animal bodies end up in the county landfill.

"That number doesn't include Lake Havasu City. It's staggering. We're working on the county to pass a mandatory spay and neuter law for dogs and cats," Allison said. "I believe the proposal comes up before the county Board of Supervisors again in February. We first approached them in November and they asked us for 90 days to review the issue."

RUFFF has a full house, with about 125 adoptable dogs now, and from 100-150 adoptable cats at any given time.

"All of the dogs are medium to large," Allision said. "We don't have any small dogs and it's very rare that we have any come in. And we don't have any babies now. These are all grown dogs."

RUFFF is in the process of replacing shade cloth and tarps with corrugated tin.

"I see sheets of corrugated tin laying in piles in people's yards and I wonder if they just don't know how to get rid of it," Allison said. "If that's the case, we'll be happy to take it off their hands."

Those interested in adopting a cat or dog from RUFFF, or who would like to donate corrugated tin sheeting or anything else to benefit the rescue shelter should call Allison at 565-BARK (2275).

Allison said RUFFF also has received county approval as a charitable organization eligible for community service assistance from individuals court ordered to provide community service. Anyone who would like to work off those service hours as a RUFFF volunteer should call the same phone number.

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