(ALTUS, OKLAHOMA): The City of Altus and Altus Animal Welfare Association (AAWA) are proud to announce a grant award from Watershed Animal Fund in the amount of $73,217.33! The grant will fund a spay/neuter clinic which will be used initially for shelter animals, both dogs and cats. This will support our efforts to reach our goal of having every shelter animal spayed or neutered before it is adopted.
The City of Altus is a partner in the grant by providing a building at the shelter for AAWA to run the spay/neuter clinic. Through the grant funding, AAWA will equip the clinic and provide spay/neuter of shelter dogs and cats to the City of Altus once a week. One veterinarian and vet tech will also be paid through the grant funds. All other positions will be filled by volunteers from AAWA and other community pet partners. Once comfortable with the clinical process, AAWA will begin offering low-cost spay/neuter to the public. It is anticipated that public clinic days will be one or two days a month where pet owners could utilize spay/neuter service.
The new spay/neuter clinic will help reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats in the community. The 2010 Census population for Altus was at 19,813. In 2016 and 2017, nearly 1,700 dogs alone were brought into the shelter as strays or owner surrenders. During the first 6 months of 2018, over 350 dogs and 135 cats have come to the shelter as strays or owner surrenders. Those are staggering numbers for a city of our size. Despite best efforts of animal shelter staff and animal rescue partners, this is too many animals to find new homes locally. The spay/neuter clinic will combat the overpopulation challenge by reducing unwanted litters of dogs and cats being born. The clinic is expected to be up and running by late fall.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant funding from WaterShed Animal Fund in order to set-up a spay/neuter clinic locally and to also have the support of city leaders who believe in the necessity of this outreach as much as we do. It is a win for both the animals and the residents of Altus!” says Christi Detwiler, Director for the upcoming Altus Area Spay and Neuter Clinic.