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Dr. Mike Maynard

Spay-neuter clinic to open in Talent

Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of its new spay/neuter clinic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 111 N. Pacific Highway in Talent. The event is for SNYP donors, area shelter managers, and members of the Talent City Council and Chamber of Commerce.

This ribbon-cutting will mark the first stand-alone, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in southern Oregon, which will open on Feb. 19 to shelter partners in Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou counties, as well as community feral and stray cats.

“SNYP’s new clinic is a very welcome addition to our county, since there is a large need for affordable spay/neuter options for dogs and cats,” said Jackson County Animal Shelter manager Barbara Talbert. “We look forward to partnering with SNYP to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens that overwhelm the Animal Shelter during the spring and summer months. We are also looking forward to working with an additional vet to spay and neuter our shelter animals.”

The SNYP clinic veterinarian is Dr. Mike Maynard, who received his DVM from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Maynard also completed a postgraduate internship focused on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and shelter medicine at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.

“For the first time in 21 years, we’ll be able to expand beyond Jackson County to neighboring counties,” said SNYP Board President Sally Mackler. “We will now be able to provide spay and neuter services to the general public as well as shelters and rescue groups.”

Beginning on March 1, the clinic will begin taking appointments from residents of Jackson, Josephine, Siskiyou, and Klamath counties, including for subsidized spay/neuters for low-income residents, and will be open to the public as of March 19. SNYP projects its annual volume of spays and neuters to increase from 3,000 to 5,000 in the first year of operation.

To learn more about the SNYP Spay/Neuter Clinic, to volunteer, or to donate, visit www.SpayNeuter.org.

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