Humane society’s spay/neuter clinic to reopen

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island file photo

    Kauai Humane Society’s lead veterinary technician Alexandria Taogoshi, right, learns some pointers from Animal Balance’s medical director Dr. Amanda Bruce at the September Mobile Animal Sterilization Clinic.

PUHI — The sterilization clinic at Kauai Humane Society is opening its doors back up to the public on Tuesday.

The program was temporarily suspended in April following the deaths of two feral cats in March, when it was decided the clinic needed more staff members to keep up with the surgeries.

“We’ve now completed our internal review of procedures and have hired the number of qualified veterinary staff we need to operate effectively,” said Scott Pisani, KHS executive director.

The clinic continued to operate after the April closure to the public, but its resources were focused on the increased number of sterilization procedures required for KHS’s sheltered animals.

Effective this week, the lowest-priced spay and neuter clinic on the island will be back online and providing those services for Kauai pet owners.

Hours for the clinic have changed. The service will be provided two days a week: Tuesday and Thursday for owned pets, according to Diann Hartman, KHS board president.

Feral and community cats can get spay and neuter services on the first Thursday of every month at the clinic. For November, community cat spay/neuter day is set for Wednesday.

“Additional days for the public clinic may be added in the future, providing we ensure it does not negatively impact the medical care needed for the shelter animals,” Hartman said. “We look forward to continuing to serve the community through KHS’s programs and services.”

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