WOODLAND – The Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic is approaching a monumental milestone. Since its opening in 2009, almost 15,000 animals have been spayed and neutered at the clinic.
The clinic, located at 1380 Shawville Hwy. in Woodland, is open to the general public and also for referrals from animal rescue groups for the affordable spaying and neutering of cats and dogs. The clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8a.m. – 4 p.m. and is owned by the Animal Welfare Council of the Alleghenies.
The AWC is a non–profit organization formed in 2006 by a group of individuals who share concern and passion for animals in the community and who strive to fulfill the needs of local animals and their owners.
The clinic was opened in response to working with area animal rescue and other community groups that expressed a desperate need for a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in a low socioeconomic area to enable pet owners who have good intentions, but who are lacking in finances, to access reduced-fee options to sterilize their pets.
According to numbers by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters in the United States. The source of these animals entering the shelter system is not mainly from stray animals, but the result of owned pet animals reproducing uncontrollably.
Of the animals entering the shelter, an estimated 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized annually due to the lack of space and resources available to properly care, provide and maintain their quality of life. By spaying and neutering pets, owners are guaranteed not to contribute to the problem of pet animal overpopulation, which minimizes the unnecessary suffering that results from the pet animal overpopulation.
Spaying and neutering of pets also has other major health benefits that add to improving a pet’s overall well-being.
The Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic also operates an animal transport bus, which brings pets through numerous animal rescue organizations to and from the clinic for spay and neuter services. The clinic works with more than 20 of these rescue organizations in the central Pennsylvania area.
Other affordable services are offered at the Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic, in addition to spay & neuter. Canine services include: rabies vaccinations, bordetella and DHLPP vaccinations, fecal testing, parasite checks, deworming, flea/tick prevention products, micro-chipping, ear cleaning, nail trims, private euthanasia and Clearfield County dog license.
Feline services include: rabies vaccinations, FVRCP vaccinations, feline leukemia testing, fecal testing, parasite checks, flea/tick prevention, nail trims, and private euthanasia. These affordable services are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and no appointment is needed. When necessary, the staff at the clinic will make referrals to local veterinarians for diagnostics, treatment and follow-up of other medical issues identified.
It is the clinic’s hope that this approach will not only help to control the tremendous problem of pet overpopulation in this area, but also help to identify and locate pets that would not otherwise have access to veterinary care, then to promote the care and follow-up through these referrals.
There are several ways that people can help support the efforts of the clinic to help keep these services affordable. Animal lovers are invited to show their love of animals and become members of the Animal Welfare Council/Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic.
A membership in the AWC will help support animals in the local area. A yearly membership costs $10 per year for an individual and $15 for a family. With an AWC/Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic Membership, people receive an AWC Membership discount card and regular AWC newsletterspay & Neuter Clinic Membership you receive:
** Membership Discount Card –
Card entitles members to discounts for pet services and at other area businesses. With your AWC membership card, members will enjoy many values and discounts for a wide variety of animal related care, supplies and services including food, grooming, kennels, plus other businesses including restaurants.
** Newsletter –
Members will also receive regular information about animals, and animal care, in addition to updates about the services, programs and events of the AWC including the Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic, Pet Food Pantry, Dog House/Straw Program and many others – all focused on helping care for pets plus information about area pet services and animals available for adoption.
To become an AWC Member and help support local animals, complete the application below. Mail to : AWC 1380 Shawville Hwy, PO Box 97, Woodland, PA 16881 or drop it off at the Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic.
For more information about the AWC Membership and Animal Welfare Council, call 857-5280..
The AWC Membership discount card entitles members to discounts on pet services and at other area businesses. With an AWC card, members will enjoy many values and discounts for a wide variety of animal-related care, supplies, services, including food, grooming, kennels, plus other businesses, including restaurants.
AWC members will also receive a regular newsletter, including information about animals and animal care, in addition to updates about the services, programs and events of the AWC, including the Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic, Pet Food Pantry, Dog House/Straw Program and many others that are all focused on helping care for pets.
TheAllegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic also welcomes donations of the following items: monetary donations, paper towels, stamps, copy paper, ink cartridges envelopes (business size), Clorox, trash bags (tall and 55 gallon), dog shampoo, dish detergent, antibacterial soap, post-its, index cards, pet food and cat litter.
Items can be dropped off at the clinic during business hours. Gift certificates are available for spaying and neutering and memorials are also available.
To become a member or for more information about the Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic or the Animal Welfare Council, people can contact 814-857-5280.