October 09, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinit to Open Early 2010

Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (SAAF) will open a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Springfield in February 2010. SAAF House Spay-Neuter Clinic will initially serve Greene and Christian Counties and will target low-income pet owners and feral cat caregivers, as well as area rescue groups and shelters. Other clinics using this model, developed in Asheville, North Carolina, have impacted their communities through significant reductions in animal intake and euthanasia rates. As a high-volume clinic, SAAF House will perform a minimum of 6,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year.

Two upcoming events will help raise funds for SAAF House. On Saturday, October 24, Pets & Pumpkins will be held from 2-6 pm on Commercial Street.  Activities include costume contests for kids and pets, vendor display booths, and games. Half the proceeds will benefit SAAF House. For more information, visit www.petsandpumpkins.com.

The second fundraising event will be a “spayghetti” dinner at on Tuesday, November 10, at Nonna’s Italian Café on South Street (south of Park Central Square). Tickets are $25 each and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, and iced tea. Tickets may be purchased by emailing SAAF at saaf2018@yahoo.com.

SAAF is a coalition of seven local animal welfare organizations: Animal Abuse Council; Castaway Animal Rescue Effort; Laws for Paws; Pet Connection; Spay Neuter Assistance Program; Springfield-Greene County Animal Control; and SW MO K9s.

For more information, contact the SAFF via email: saaf2018@yahoo.com