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New spay and neuter clinic opens in Atascadero amid concerns about feline overpopulation

Posted at 1:59 AM, Nov 21, 2018

Woods Humane Society has a new low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Atascadero.

The Daphne Fahsing Spay & Neuter Clinic is located at Woods North County, at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero.

The goal is to provide important veterinary services at an affordable price for people in northern San Luis Obispo County and the surrounding areas. Woods says this will help reduce the number of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats who end up in shelters every year. Experts say there are concerns about feline overpopulation in San Luis Obispo County, and they hope the new clinic will help.

“Unwanted litters of kittens and overpopulation of cats is a concern throughout the region, but the uncontrolled expansion of community cat populations is a particularly significant concern in the north county. Having accessible, low-cost spay and neuter services in that area is an essential step to addressing that challenge,” said Dr. Eric Anderson, SLO County Animal Services Manager.

Right now, Woods is able to provide 4,000 spay and neuter surgeries each year, but with the opening of the new clinic in Atascadero, Woods hopes to increase the number of surgeries to 6,500 per year.

“The opening of this clinic is a major step forward for animal welfare in San Luis Obispo County,” said Jill Tucker, Executive Director. “Ensuring that spay/neuter services are both accessible and affordable is critical to creating a humane community and we are thrilled to be able to meet this urgent need for area residents.”

Pet owners can make appointments online to schedule their dog or cat for surgery. Pets can also receive vaccinations, microchipping, and other services.