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A lofty goal means busy vets
Richmond, Virginia - The Richmond SPCA has decided it needs to spay or neuter 9,000 pets a year to keep the Richmond-area pet population from increasing, so that has become the goal for 2005. A new program, which will provide spay/neuter services free of charge to income-eligible people, will help the SPCA meet its goal. Estimates are that fully half of the 9,000 proposed surgeries will be done at no cost to the animals' people. Just since October, the agency has performed more than 500 free surgeries. 309&path=!news&s=1045855934842

New clinic gets busy -- quickly
Bristol, Virginia - The Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic has only been open for business for a couple of weeks, but business is already booming. Mitchell, founder of the Bristol Humane Society, left the society $650,000 when she died, providing the impetus for construction of the new facility, which will serve northeast Tennessee and southeast Virginia. The clinic is modeled after the highly successful Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville, N.C. Surgery teams from the Asheville clinic are working in Bristol while the new clinic gets fully operational. Fifty-two animals were spayed or neutered during the first week alone.