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Program offers low cost spay and neuter services

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By Peter Sawyer

 The Prevent-A-Litter program offers low cost spay and neuter services once a month. On Oct. 29, it will offer its services in LaFollette behind city hall.

Prevent-A-Litter’s mobile clinic came to Campbell County for the first time in September.

“I contacted them personally,” said Terri Woodward, member of the Campbell County Humane Society. “To offer low cost spay and neuter. To try and help people who (maybe) can’t afford the price that’s at the vet’s office. The county does not offer a low cost spay and neuter program in the area.”

Prevent-A-Litter, Inc. was established in 2001, according to palconnection.org. It is a non-profit organization that offers low cost spay and neuter services. It has performed over 19,000 surgeries in East Tennessee. 

Prevent-A-Litter offers services in Grainger, Morgan, Meigs, Marion, Hamilton, Jefferson, Claiborne, Polk, Sullivan, Sequatchie and Cocke counties, according to palconnection.org.

Prevent-A-Litter will spay and neuter cats for $40, and dogs weighing under 75 pounds for $50. The charge is $60 for dogs weighing 76 pounds and over, according to palconnection.org.

The Prevent-A-Litter mobile clinic is based out of Monroe County and also offers low cost vaccines, flea preventative, heartworm tests and leukemia tests, according to palconnection.org.

“Anything you can get at a vet’s office, you can get at this mobile clinic at a lower cost,” Woodward said.

One veterinarian and other workers operate the mobile unit, Woodward said. In September, there were three staff members.

Every month, the clinic attends to 25 appointments, which Woodward schedules.

“We schedule 25 per visit,” Woodward said.

All 25 appointments have already been scheduled for the Oct. 29 visit. However, the unit will return in November.