Special to The Monitor
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell, Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic volunteers and staff gather in the operating room on a Tuesday surgery day.
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake open its doors 12 years ago to spay and neuter dogs and cats. More than 30,000 surgeries later, the clinic is still going strong.
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell comes to Gun Barrel City each Tuesday to perform the surgeries, and has been named one of the best vets in Dallas by D Magazine. He has been the veterinarian for the clinic since the day it opened.
Volunteers who have been with this clinic from the beginning and are still volunteering their time include Leslie Kelly, Cheryl Gee, Janice Hunt, Lou Wiley, Joy Simmons, Victoria Hamelin, Bill Storey and Toni Miles.
The affordable spay and neuter clinic is a non-profit charity and performs surgery one day a week by appointment only. The clinic is not a veterinary practice and is dependent on donations to stay open.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog. The clinic also sells Activyl Plus for cats and dogs for flea control.
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats means fewer feral cats and dog packs roaming around and the community becomes better every day.
For those families for whom even this very low price of surgery is a strain, there are several grants to assist with the cost.
The Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City (Monday-Friday), Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City (Tuesday/Thursday) or Athens Food Pantry (Monday-Friday) can provide a voucher for this surgery to those who qualify. A co-pay is requested.
The earlier a cat or dog is spayed or neutered, the healthier it will be later in life and the quicker they will recover from surgery. The clinic will perform surgery on animals as young as three months or three pounds.
The clinic can also microchip pets for just $20. Microchipping includes inserting a tiny microchip into the scruff of the pet’s neck. If the pet ever ends up at a shelter, the staff will scan him or her, find the owner’s number and the pet is returned home. No appointment is necessary for this quick procedure but it is only done between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Only cash or check is accepted.
Flea season is here again and the clinic sells Activyl Plus. Don’t be fooled by products that are less expensive.
To make a surgery appointment or for volunteer information, call (903) 887-7387.