Wednesday August 3, 2005
See SPOT run. Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that citizens will see SPOT - an animal-services clinic on wheels - running throughout Louisville beginning this week.
SPOT, or Stop Pet Overpopulation Today, is a 34-foot gooseneck trailer, that Louisville Metro Animal Services will use to bring pet services - including cat & dog licensing, adoption, education, spaying, neutering and vaccinations - to neighborhoods and community events across Louisville.
“We’re taking our pet services to the residents of the community, and making it more convenient than ever to adopt and license their pets or take care of spaying and neutering,” Abramson said. “It’s a new day of partnerships at Metro Animal Services, and SPOT is just the first step in working with this community’s animal-support groups to ensure our pet population is controlled and healthy.”
Abramson was joined today by representatives of several animal-care and advocacy organizations, including the Kentucky Humane Society, Shamrock Foundation, Alleycat Advocates, Louisville Kennel Club, Animal Care Society, Community Pet Relief Fund, Pet Groups United, Humane Society of the United States, and Woodstock Animal Foundation, to launch the community’s first-ever mobile animal clinic.
Dr. Gilles Meloche, a veterinarian recently hired as director of Metro Animal Services, has said his goal is to work toward a community where not one adoptable animal is euthanized.
“We are working together with our colleagues in the animal-care groups to promote and expand adoption and address overpopulation at its source,” Meloche said.
He said that Metro Animal Services expects to hire in the next three months a full-time veterinarian to staff SPOT as a mobile clinic and perform vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures in the field. Meloche noted that there are areas of Louisville with no conveniently located private veterinary practice.
“With SPOT, we are both expanding animal care, and enhancing our customer service to pet owners,” Meloche said.
SPOT includes two areas, a kennel suite and a surgery suite. The kennel area includes 23 animal bays, 12 of which are visible from the outside to promote adoptable animals. The others will be used for surgical patients. The surgery area includes heated surgery tables, isoflurane anesthetic devices, respiration and pulse meters, and other equipment to screen animals for anemia, dehydration, kidney and liver problems or other conditions.
Metro Animal Services also will use SPOT as a community-outreach tool to promote adoptions, responsible pet ownership, and spaying and neutering at various community locations and events.
SPOT’s upcoming schedule includes:
· National KidsDay, Louisville Zoo, Aug. 7, noon-4 p.m.
· Whole Foods Market Dog Wash, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Shelbyville Road Plaza
· Animal Care Society’s Bark in the Park, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Seneca Park
SPOT was funded fully through donations to Metro Animal Services. Citizens contributed the bulk of the $216,000 cost through donations made along with pet-license fees. A class at Crosby Middle School contributed the largest single amount, a $1,700 donation. Also, the 4-H Kids & Canine Club raffled a blue-ribbon-winning quilt donated by Anita Estes to raise $3,436 for SPOT.
Metro Animal Services will soon launch a major fund-raising campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art animal-services facility to replace the current Manslick Road facility.
To contribute, donations can be sent to Metro Animal Services, P.O. Box 16346, Louisville, Ky., 40256. For more information call 361-1318 or visit the Metro Animal Services page at www.loukymetro.org.