Dorchester Paws plans new spay/neuter clinic

Dorchester Paws plans new spay/neuter clinic
(Source: Live 5)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - An animal shelter says it's planning a new spay/neuter clinic.

The Petco foundation gave $25,000 to Dorchester Paws in the form of grant to support the new facility which will be located on the Dorchester Paws campus in Summerville.

Officials say they hope the clinic will fight pet overpopulation in the area.

"We see the good, the bad and the very bad in the shelter environment", Executive Director Kim Almstedt said in a statement. "Since we are the only open admission shelter in the county, we see it all. The funds from this grant will not only help Dorchester Paws purchase equipment to enable us to start a spay/neuter clinic; it will help us with hiring a veterinarian."

The center says it spays or neuters every animal that gets adopted while partnering with the SPCA and the Charleston Animal Society to do the surgeries. They claim they spent $70,000 on these surgeries.

"Spaying and neutering your pets is important to help combat the pet overpopulation crisis. In May alone, the shelter has admitted nearly 300 animals and will be close to 350 admissions in one month. With only 177 adoptions, there are more animals than there are homes." Almstedt said.