Spay, neuter clinic June 24

A veterinarian technician works on a cat at a spa/neuter clinic in Chewelah. Pawsitive Outreach Spay/Neuter Alliance holds clinics in several counties. (Courtesy photo)
DIAMOND LAKE – It's spring and kitten and puppy season is here with a vengeance. To help stem the tide of unwanted pets, Pawsitive Outreach Spay/Neuter Alliance (POSNA) is sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic for low-income pet owners Thursday, June 24. The clinic is in Spokane but volunteers can transport cats from a Diamond Lake location to Spokane and back, but not people. People are advised to book appointments now, as the number of animals that can be handled is limited. To book your appointment, call Cindy at 509-671-1427. A clinic will be scheduled for Diamond Lake sometime in the future, she said.

The cost to spay or neuter any cat is $35, with no extra charge if the cat is in heat. It is perfectly safe to spay a cat if it's in heat. The cat will continue to cycle into heat until she becomes pregnant or is spayed. Kittens need to be at least two months old and weigh two pounds to be big enough for the surgery.

Limited space is available for dogs, also at a discounted rate. To either spay or neuter a dog costs $70. Vaccinations are $10 each and microchips are $20.

POSNA is also looking for volunteers and there is a need in the Pend Oreille County area.

POSNA has been working for years to reduce the unwanted pet population in the area, but they need help to succeed. Nearly 1,000 animals were spayed/neutered through their program last year but the need for affordable spay/neuter options never ends.

Volunteers are always needed, from shelter helpers, people to make phone calls, foster families and transporters. Have a few hours to spend with the shelter cats? Kitty cuddlers are always needed to help give them the quality time they need and also makes them more adoptable.

Donations of carriers, bedding, good quality food, unscented scoopable litter, etc. are also needed for the rescued animals in their care, as well as animals in need in the community. Monetary donations can be made at Mt. West Bank in Newport, or mailed to: POSNA, P.O. Box 1241, Newport, WA 99156. To donate or volunteer, call Cindy at 509-671-1427.