AMARILLO - Amarillo has a new tool in the fight against the city's over-population of pets.
The Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society now has a mobile spay and neuter lab that helps to cut down on the costs for people adopting pets from the city shelter.
It doesn't look like much, but the trailer is expected to save more pets' lives thanks to it's availability.
"It's going to help us with the animals in the shelter at the moment." Said Robin Cupell, the assistant director of the Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society said. "Whether that be that they're leaving with a new family or heading out to rescue, we'll be able to alter them now. "
Cupell says they began raising money for this mobile lab about a year ago.
She says when it's fully operational, the on-site, full time veterinarian on staff will be able to spay or neuter about 30 animals per day, twice a week before the adopted pets ever leave the facility.
Cupell said, "It's just a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done, but at least it's a beginning."
The Humane Society and the city of Amarillo share the full time veterinarian who works exclusively at the shelter. But, in the future they hope to actually make the mobile spay and neuter lab mobile.
"We think probably about a year down the road, hopefully sooner, we'll be able to go out on site and offer this as a low cost service to the public." Cupell said.
Cupell says with the new mobile unit, people will be able to get their pets spayed or neutered at about half the price of private practice vets."
She adds, improvements at the shelter continue.
She says since the scandal three years ago about the euthanasia practices at the shelter, the live-release rate has more than tripled.
It was at 2,000 animals/year at the time. It's now at almost 7,000.
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