Cleburne TX Steps Up to Fight Animal Overpopulation

The city of Cleburne, TX has its priorities straight in the fight against pet overpopulation – when people face tough economic times, they can find it hard to justify the cost of sterilizing or vaccinating their pets – but they’re also not prepared to support the unwanted litters that result. To help counter this vicious cycle, the Coalition for Animal Protection and Cleburne Animal Services partnered together to support their local community and in 2004 they introduced a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination program.

Oni and Noni are available for adoption at Cleburne Animal services Once a month for two days, animal services opens the low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Veterinarians from the Metroplex perform spay and neuter surgeries by appointment and conduct low-cost vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“[The Cleburne clinic] served as a model for our organization to set up clinics in other cities,” said Stacey Taylor, executive director of the coalition. “We have stand-alone clinics in Denton and Fort Worth and satellite programs in eight other cities.” The coalition spays and neuters about 20,000 animals a year in North Texas, and in Cleburne it averages about 35-50 pets a day during their clinics – even so, the pet overpopulation crisis continues to grow statewide, and the Coalition for Animal Protection is urging other cities to follow Cleburne’s example.

The next clinic will be Aug. 25-26, but the spay and neuter appointments are full. Surgeries are being scheduled for the October clinic. To schedule an appointment or for clinic dates, call 817-837-4500 or 866-310-7387. Pets available for adoption in Cleburne are listed on petfinder.com or you can call Cleburne animal services on 817 648-0650.

Download a flyer about Cleburne’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic here.

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