Cats and Dogs

MBM receives $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation

January 19, 2017

The Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic of Bristol, Virginia, today announced it has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its spay/neuter and vaccination efforts in order to decrease the overpopulation crisis in our area.

The 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 100,000 cats and dogs and therefore saved thousands of lives. 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 Petco Foundation investment will help to supplement the cost of spay/neuter surgery for owners of large breed dogs whose owners 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 Mega-Mutts campaign to assist with the cost of dogs that are or will be 30 pounds or more! According to the directors of our local animal shelters, bigger dogs are more often surrendered and picked up as strays than small dogs are. In addition, shelter workers express frustration that large dogs are much harder to attract a suitable adopter or rescue. We believe that targeting this specific size population for spay/neuter will help to minimize this issue. The “Mega-Mutts” campaign is a wise investment that will directly impact the animals and animal lovers in our region.”