New mobile pet clinic is the cats meow |

New mobile pet clinic is the cats meow

Courtesy photo/Sun News ServiceThe interior of the AnimalSave mobile clinic that will debut next month. The nonprofit will have a contract veterinarian and two veterinary technicians working at the clinic.

GRASS VALLEY Nevada County will soon have a mobile spay and neuter clinic for pets belonging to low-income families in outlying areas, including Truckee.If there is a need for our services, we will definitely be up there [in Truckee], said Debra Sandler, the clinics Programs Director.AnimalSave, a local nonprofit, recently ordered a mobile clinic van with equipment from La Boit Inc., a mobile clinic manufacturing company based in Ohio. The van and equipment cost about $170,000, according to John Bush, president of AnimalSave.An anonymous donor from Grass Valley gave us a donation of $80,000, Bush said. We raised another $13,000 from a fundraiser dinner last November. Citizens Bank has given us a bridge loan for the balance.AnimalSave expects to pay off the loan with grants and donations, Bush said.This will be the first low-income spay and neuter clinic in Nevada County, Bush said. Instead of asking people to go to Auburn, the nearest spay and neuter clinic for the pets of low-income people, well be able to take the clinic to them.We will ask for a co-pay, but we wont turn away anyone if they cant make the co-pay, Bush said.The co-pay could vary between $20 and $40 depending on whether the animal is a dog or a cat, Bush added.At present, AnimalSave spends about $40,000 per year to spay and neuter pets of low-income families at the Animal Spay/Neuter Clinic in Auburn, Bush said. Having a mobile clinic will help the organization use their funds more efficiently, he added.AnimalSave will have a contract veterinarian and two veterinary technicians working at the clinic, Bush said. We are expecting to launch the clinic on National Spay Day on Feb. 26, Bush said. The Suns Jenny Goldsmith contributed to this article.

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