AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - P.E.T.S. of Amarillo will soon provide low cost treatments for pet owners who can't afford them elsewhere.
Based out of Wichita Falls, they hope to have an impact on the animal overpopulation problem in Amarillo.
“You can schedule surgery so spaying and neutering will be a service that we offer as well as yearly vaccines, puppy vaccines, cat vaccines things like that,” said Executive Director of P.E.T.S. of Amarillo Dacia Anderson. “We can also do heart worm testing and preventative as well as flea and tick preventative so all wellness services.”
“It’s not based on weight as far as the spay and neuters go. Spay and neutering for a dog is $55 and then we have vaccines at also a discounted rate," said Anderson. “So we have a walk-in clinic that you can come in and get your vaccines done, that’ll be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. And then the surgeries will be by appointment. We’re hoping to start scheduling those by mid-July and we’re going to try to open in August.”
In the meantime, the building for the clinic still needs remodeling and they will begin asking for volunteers and hiring vet techs this summer.
One hired veterinarian for the clinic also works for the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.
“We see the constant influx of both stray animals and owner surrender animals and a lot of female dogs come in pregnant or just had puppies,” said veterinarian for P.E.T.S. of Amarillo Ramy Jisha. “I went and visited the clinic in Wichita Falls and was very happy with everything they did. They have a wonderful culture within the program, very positive and upbeat and really enjoyed it and decided I wanted to be a part of that here.”
The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane society offers public service surgeries and vaccinations while the city shelter only offers them for adopted animals.
However, Anderson said the prices are still too high for some people and they’re hoping to step in for those who need those services for their pets.
“So we’re just trying to lower those boundaries and obstacles for people,” said Anderson. “Hopefully the idea is once we get going that we can have funds available to subsidize for people that can’t pay and so we can have sort of a sliding scale. Eventually the goal is to help. If you can’t afford it, we want to help you get this done.”
For more information on the new clinic, visit the P.E.T.S. Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Facebook Page or their website.