PetSmart Charities Invests In Lifesaving Work of Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic of Bristol, Virginia received a grant of $60,000 from PetSmart Charities to support its spay/neuter and vaccination efforts and help decrease the overpopulation crisis in Smyth County.

spay/neuter Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic is a nonprofit organization serving Southwestern Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Since 2005, the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic has spayed/neutered over 110,000 cats and dogs and therefore saved tens of thousands of lives from ending in local shelters.  In addition to reduced cost spay/neuter services the clinic provides monthly vaccination clinics to the community in order to help keep the region’s animals healthy.

The PetSmart Charities investment covered the cost of spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs whose owners live in Smyth County and may not otherwise be able to afford the procedure.

Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer McCall Ketron says, “The team at our clinic is really excited to roll out our Smyth County campaign to assist with the cost of dogs and cats in that area! According to our research on this area’s unsterilized pet population, there is a need in Smyth County for focused spay/neuter assistance. We believe that targeting this specific area for spay/neuter will help to minimize the intake and euthanasia rates at the animal shelter as well as provide financial relief for pet owners who cannot afford surgery and vaccinations.  The Smyth County campaign is a wise investment that will directly impact the animals and animal lovers in this region.”

“Through the hard work and dedication of partners like Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic, PetSmart Charities hopes to help local pets and pet parents in need have access to affordable spay and neuter procedures,” said Sima Thakkar, regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities.  “Through this effort, this organization is taking a proactive approach to preventing unplanned litters and reducing pet homelessness in Bristol.”

About the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic

The mission of our clinic is to provide targeted, high-volume, reduced-cost spay and neuter services in an effort to reduce the dog and cat over-population problem in the Virginia counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise; the Cities of Bristol and Norton; and the City of Bristol and County of Sullivan in Tennessee. While the clinic's focus is on serving these counties, animals will be accepted from other counties as availability permits.

Our vision is to end the need to euthanize healthy, adoptable dogs and cats by reducing the number of dogs and cats that enter the region's shelters.


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