Written by Devon Boen
Wolf Point will have a free spay and neuter clinic July 17-18 at the Wolf Point High School bus garage. The clinic is free and meant for local residents who might struggle to afford spaying or neutering their pets otherwise.
Residents must call Jeanie Brunelle at 650-2382 to reserve an appointment ahead of time, starting Sunday, July 14. Brunelle asked community members to call between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday or evenings between 5 and 9 p.m. weekdays.
Appointments will likely be made between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the days of the clinic. Brunelle said older animals and litters of puppies or kittens would receive the earlier appointments.
Pet owners are asked to stay through the procedure and be there when their animal wakes up.
The clinic is an annual event run by Dr. Jeffrey Young from Denver, Colo. Dr. Young brings a team of vet techs in training up to help with the heavy workload.
Kali Lien, one of the clinic organizers, said it was extremely important to get cats and dogs neutered or spayed because there are already so many animals without good homes being put down because there are no other options.
She said one animal reproducing can lead to an enormous amount of offspring that likely wouldn’t be cared for by a good owner.
Typically, cats and dogs are spayed or neutered after the six week mark, but Lien said if the animal is very small and not getting great care, it can be spayed/neutered at an even younger age. She said to bring the animal in and the volunteers would evaluate the animal and decide whether to spay or neuter that day.
Since the clinic is free, donations are welcome. They can be sent to 205 Johnson St. or to the Spay/Neuter Clinic account at Western Bank.