KILLEEN, TX -
(KCEN) – Killeen will be getting a new low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic in just a few weeks with the goal of offering affordable pet care while cutting down the large number of strays in Bell County.
According to Emancipet, a non-profit based out of Austin, there are between 8,000 and 7,000 homeless animals in the County. Around half of those are euthanized each year. The new Emancipet location in Killeen hopes to alleviate some of that problem.
“The problem is huge. Puppies and adults are being euthanized,” Kathryn Leisinger with School of Wags said.
Leisinger’s non-profit rescue goes into the local shelters and takes large breed dogs to put into foster homes and to hopefully adopt out. But the process isn’t easy… or cheap. “To spay a Mastiff female can cost almost $200, that ups our re-homing fees,” she said. “It’s a slow process to get them into homes.”
To help with the costs, Leisinger and other rescues have been taking advantage of Emancipets low cost pet care and surgeries. But until now, Emancipet has only had mobile clinics visit Killeen about once a month.
“People have responded greatly, in fact we can’t fit everyone in that has asked for services when we do have the mobile clinics,” Grazyna Musick, the new Killeen Emancipet director said.
With such a high need for services in Killeen and the surrounding towns, Emancipet decided to branch out of the greater Austin area to put a permanent location in Killeen.
“It will be a 48-foot gooseneck RV that has been converted into a self sustaining clinic,” Musick said. “It really is amazing.”
Rather than just once a month, the RV will be set up in the parking lot of Killeen’s United Way and will be open three days a week starting February 18th. Five vet technicians and a surgeon will work in the RV, providing the services.
Musick says they will be able to do around 30 to 40 spay and neuters a day, and many more vaccinations.
“When we can routinely service our clients and pets five days a week, then we hope to move into a building,” Musick said.
Having Emancipet located in Killeen, rescues will no longer have to drive to Austin to get the low cost deals. Leisinger says it will save the rescues and pet owners money, which will then lower adoption fees and hopefully get more animals adopted out more quickly.
The grand opening of the clinic will be February 15th, and services will begin February 18th. Walk-ins will be welcome for vaccinations, but appointments will be needed for spay and neuters. With such a great need, Musick says appointments are already filling up before the clinic even opens.
To make an appointment you can call 254-415-4950.