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PAW clinic reaches out to Campbell County

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By Charlotte Underwood

A not-for-profit spay and neuter clinic in Greenback has extended a helping paw to Campbell County.

The PAW clinic is currently offering a big dog special, which is a free spay and neuter to dogs over 30 pounds. The special is offered based on income and aimed at helping those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the surgeries.

“Our whole mission is to prevent euthanasia by keeping these animals from being killed in shelters, run over on the streets and dumped off,” said Clinic Director Debbie Searfoss.

The clinic was started 10 years ago and has serviced over 33,000 animals.

The clinic will also offer a special income-based price on cats and dogs less than 30 pounds.

“We can offer the big dog special because that is what we received grant funding for,” Searfoss explained.

Because of grant requirements, the clinic is requesting small donations.

“Even if it is only a dollar or two, it is mainly to meet the grant request for people to participate,” Searfoss said.

She said they hope to make animals more valuable by there being less of them.

“Right now you open the papers and see free kittens and puppies everywhere. Five to ten million dogs and cats are euthanized every year; it’s a national tragedy.”

The PAW clinic has a full staff, including two veterinarians.

“We average 30 spay and neuters a day,” said Searfoss.

The clinic also has a feral, or wild cat, program in which they loan out live traps for people to catch the cats and bring them back to be spayed or neutered to cut down on the feral cat population.

“We feel like there is a great need in Campbell County and while the county really needs its own non-profit spay and neuter clinic, until that happens we’re willing to lend a helping hand,” said Searfoss.

The clinic is located in Greenback in Loudon County.

Because the clinic is located some distance from Campbell County, Searfoss said she hopes people will organize and possibly rent a van to bring 10 or more animals in at a time. The clinic does request appointments.

For more information contact the PAW clinic directly at (865) 856-7729.