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Chemung County SPCA building spay/neuter clinic

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The Chemung County SPCA has announced plans to build the region’s first dedicated spay/neuter clinic at its location on Route 352 in Big Flats, NY.

“To combat pet overpopulation in our region, we have offered affordable spay/neuter services to income-eligible pet owners, other shelters, and rescue groups for many years,” said Executive Director Tom Geroy. “Due to the growing demand for this service, our current facility can no longer meet community needs. Thanks to support from the Community Foundation, The Anderson Foundation, The Paws & Claws Society, and the ASPCA, we will be building a dedicated surgical facility to meet this growing demand.”

Every year, more than 1,200 unwanted cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens are brought to the Chemung County SPCA. Other animal shelters in the Southern Tier are faced with similar numbers. With a limited number of adoptive homes available and limited space at area shelters, minimizing reproduction is the most practical solution to address the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation.

The Community Foundation’s Sara Palmer, Vice President of Programs, added, “This is an important milestone in The Chemung County SPCA’s history. They’ve had a solid record of doing their job extremely well, on a lean budget, thereby reducing costs for pet owners. A dedicated space for the spay/neuter clinic will expand their capacity to care for more pets and reduce the overpopulation of animals in our community.”

The facility is being designed by architect Robert Butcher of Elmira with assistance from Fagan Engineers. Construction will begin later this year with completion anticipated by year-end.

In operation for over 125 years, the Chemung County SPCA provides various programs and services aimed at improving the lives of the Southern Tier’s pets and its people. For more information, visit www.chemungspca.org or call 607-732-1827.

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