Veterinary Students visit Guam to participate in month-long Spay Neuter Clinic
Guam, July 1, 2019 – Guam Animals in Need (GAIN) will be hosting visiting veterinarians and veterinary students for a month-long spay and neuter clinic. The students, under the direct supervision of highly trained veterinarians, will provide spay and neuter services to the public from July 2-26, 2019 at the Ordot Chalan Pago Community Center.
“We’re so thrilled to be piloting this program! The island has really come together to make all of this possible, and we are so happy to provide these much needed services at an affordable cost and more central location,” said Samantha Mullen, Spay Neuter Island Pets (SNIP) Program Coordinator for GAIN. “Spaying and neutering your pets is an act of love. It prevents reproductive cancers and drastically reduces the chances of your pets developing other health issues,” she added.
The visiting surgery team anticipates spaying and neutering over 120 dogs and cats over the course of the month. This will be the first satellite clinic for GAIN, and the non-profit organization aims to make Spaycation a recurring annual event. “We look forward to sharing our beautiful island with the visiting students and veterinarians, and even more so to be providing these much needed services to those in need,” said Ms. Mullen. Since opening in late November of 2016, over 1,800 dogs and cats have been sterilized at the Dr. Lynn Raulerson Spay and Neuter Clinic at GAIN.
This year’s mentoring veterinarians will be flying in from Kentucky and Texas, and students will be coming from Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in California. The program is called “Spaycation Summer School” because the visiting surgery team will be on vacation enjoying beautiful Guam, while also spaying and neutering dozens of animals over the course of the month.
None of this would be possible without the love and support from our advocates. Thanks to Mayor Jessy Gogue and everyone at the Chalan Pago-Ordot Mayor’s Office, Triple J, Bank of Guam, Pay-Less Community Foundation, East West Rental Center, the Raulerson Trust, Humane Society International, IHP Medical Group, Guam Surgicenter, SPPC/Circle K/76, and various individual donors for making GAIN’s very first Spaycation Summer School happen.
Spay and neuter services are available by appointment only and must be scheduled prior to the surgery date. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the GAIN Spay and Neuter Clinic at 653-6717 or the GAIN animal shelter at 653-4246. Services are $40 per animal.
Founded in 1989, GAIN is a non-profit dedicated to improving the care of all animals on Guam by sheltering those in need, and through compassionate advocacy, expert education, and strong community connections.
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