What Comes Next?

So you’ve adopted a puppy or kitten. Now what?

The nonprofit SPCA of Wake County offers numerous tips on its website, spcawake.org, from the best types of food for your new pet to vaccines and household safety.

The SPCA also has a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that can save you money, while maintaining your pet’s health.  

The Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Animal Clinic is a flat-fee service available to anyone, regardless of income or residence.

Spaying and neutering pets also helps reduce overpoulation, which can lead to euthanasia.

“Pet overpopulation is the leading cause of death for companion animals in North Carolina,” said Mondy Lamb, SPCA interim executive director. “Nothing else — not disease or cars or cancer — kills more pets than the use of euthanasia as a means of decreasing the pet population.

“The SPCA of Wake County believes that euthanasia is not the answer to solving pet over­population — prevention is,” Lamb said. “If pet overpopulation can be compared to a dis­ease killing our community’s animals, then the SPCA has the cure, and it’s this clinic.”

The Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Animal Clinic offers packaged pricing for spaying and neutering that includes the sterilization surgery; 1-year rabies vaccine; distemper combo vaccine; and pain relief injection at the time of the surgery.

Rates are male cat, $55; female cat, $65; male dog, $85; and female dog, $95.

Fixing pets also provides pet health benefits such as longer lifespan, reduced cancers and fewer behavioral problems including spraying or biting.

The Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Animal Clinic is located in the Susan and Randall Ward Center at 300 Petfinder Lane, Ra­leigh, next to the SPCA of Wake County Curtis Dail Pet Adoption Center.

Dr. Mary Ann McBride is the director and owner of the practice, and works in partnership with the SPCA.

For more information abou the clinic, visit spcawake.org/fix.

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