AOP plans February spay and neuter clinic


BUCKHANNON-The Animal Outreach Project is once again helping their furry friends this February. The local non-profit is offering a special throughout the month to receive spay and neuters at a discounted cost thanks to additional funding provided by the county commission.

Spays and neuters can be scheduled for both cats and dogs, and the low cost clinic is open to residents in both Upshur and Lewis Counties. The cost will be $45 for a cat spay, $35 for a cat neuter, $50 for a small dog spay, $48 for a small dog neuter, $65 for a large dog spay and $60 for a large dog neuter. All prices will also include the state required rabies vaccine.

All appointments will be made for a veterinarian located in Elkins.  No proof of income is required, but residents who are interested must submit an application. Once the appointment has been scheduled payments will be non-refundable.

The Animal Outreach Project is also planning a Washington, D.C., bus-trip fundraiser to help raise money for the non-profit. The trip is planned for Saturday, April 13 and will include a grandstand seating ticket to the festival parade.

The total cost for this one day trip is $125 with a $50 non-refundable deposit due at booking. Payments can be made and the full payment is due by March 1. The bus will leave at 4 a.m. on April 13, and will return the same day around 9:30 p.m.

Samantha Athchison, director of the Animal Outreach Project and trip coordinator, said the organization is hoping this will be their biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds from the trip will go directly towards the cost of vetting animals in Upshur County.

In 2018 the Animal Outreach Project helped provide the funding for 319 animal surgeries which included 117 cat spays, 69 cat neuters, 80 dog spays and 53 dog neuters. The total amount paid by the group last year for these surgeries, and other vetting, was $23,147.

To schedule an appointment for the low cost spay/neuter clinic, or to reserve a spot on the trip to DC,  please contact the group on Facebook at Animal Outreach Project, Inc, or by visiting www.aopwv.org.

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