Low-Cost Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic Now Taking Appointments | Pets
Thanks to Susan Brantley Helton of Macon and the Atlanta Humane Society, up to 60 dogs and cats will receive low-cost spay or neuter surgery, rabies shots and microchip identification, all for $20 per animal.
Helton came up with the idea of bringing the special, self-contained SUV (Surgical Utility Vehicle) to Macon after watching the doctors and staff in action last fall.
She contacted Atlanta Humane Society about bringing the mobile unit to Macon. They said no, but Helton isn't the type to take no for an answer.
"When I later called back and explained that I had secured a location with a major company, 24-7 security, and that my focus would be on low-income areas in our community, the elderly, and areas with the highest turn-in of litters at Macon Animal Control, I received an approval by their management," Helton said.
With invaluable assistance from Adrianne Stack Moore with the GEICO Kennel Club, a site at the sprawling insurance company's offices on Ocmulgee East Blvd. was secured.
"AHS is very excited about coming to Macon and GEICO," Helton said.
She expects appointment slots to fill up fast, and no walk-ins will be accepted. Call Susan Brantley Helton at (478) 394-1926 or click here to send an e-mail to make an appointment for your pet.
Once your appointment is made, you will receive specific instructions. Do not feed your dog or cat for 12 hours before their appointment, and bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes or in carriers.
Dogs must be older than 4 months and kittens must weigh more than 3.4 pounds to have the surgery. Aggressive or feral (wild) animals will not be seen at the clinic.
The mobile surgical clinic is completely self-contained and travels to various areas to provide affordable spay/neuter surgery, rabies shots and microchips for pet owners who could not otherwise afford this type of care.
Helton, the Ambassador for the project, said more clinics may be scheduled in the future. She said helping senior citizens and other pet owners of limited means prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens will help reduce the number of homeless animals that wind up at Macon Animal Control every year.
The mobile clinic is made possible by the support of the Holland M. Ware Foundation.
GEICO is located at 4295 Ocmulgee East Blvd., off Exit 6 of I-16.