Day Clinic Spays and Neuters
Nearly 250 KC Dogs and Cats
Faculty and staff of the University of
Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital joined two Kansas
City non-profit organizations, Spay and Neuter Kansas City
and No More Homeless Pets KC, to conduct a two-day clinic
in December that spayed and neutered nearly 250 cats and dogs.
The clinic was staffed with veterinary students, MU faculty
members Dr. Richard Meadows and Dr. Joann Kunz, local private
practice veterinarians, and other volunteers. The clinic is
one of a series that perform high volume, high quality surgeries
for pet owners who cannot otherwise afford this service. The
clinic also helps prepare feral animals for adoption.
"This weekend's activities helped serve many pet owners
in need and will help our communities by decreasing pet overpopulation
by preventing an unnecessary litter," stated Michelle
Dormady, president of Spay and Neuter Kansas City.
"This cooperative effort is a classic
win/win scenario," said Dr. Meadows. "Our students
get great experience at the two most common surgeries most
veterinarians perform and learn about the rewards of community
service. At the same time, two great organizations and the
animals and owners they represent benefit specifically while
the Kansas City area benefits in general."
"It is very gratifying to sit back at the end of a weekend
like this and see the students excited about what they've
accomplished. It's such a great way for them to build confidence
in their surgical skills and help the community at the same
time," said Dr. Kunz.
The volunteer work by Dr. Meadows, Dr. Kunz, and the students
is conducted through Project HOPE (Helping Overpopulation
through Education), created at MU in early 2006 as part of
an effort to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs who,
if not adopted, are often euthanized. Project HOPE members
travel once a month to low-income areas of Kansas City where
they spay or neuter companion animals during each visit.
To assist in funding Project HOPE's work, contact Greg Jones,
College of Veterinary Medicine development director, at 1-888-850-2357.
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