Saturday, September 18, 2010

Clayton State Director of Recreation & Wellness Supports Newnan-Coweta Humane Society

The Newnan-Coweta Humane Society (NCHS) has made good on their promise of a year ago.

At last year’s “Furr Ball” Dinner Dance/Silent Auction, LouAnn Jones, president of NCHS announced the kick-off of their fundraising efforts and pledged to open a low-cost spay neuter clinic by the end of 2010. As a result, the H.E.L.P. Spay Neuter Clinic will open for business at 12 The Crescent, Newnan, Ga. 30263 on Sept. 27, 2010.

Cindy Lauer, director of Recreation & Wellness at Clayton State University, and a resident of Sharpsburg, Ga., is a volunteer for the Coweta County Humane Society. She applauds the coming opening of the NCHS Clinic.

“I am very happy to hear about the opening of the H.E.L.P. Spay Neuter Clinic in Newnan,” she says. “It is great to know that the various rescue groups in the region, including Clayton and Fayette Counties, and individual pet owners, will have access to high-quality, low-cost spay neuter surgeries.

“Sadly, many thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized annually in the State of Georgia and having access to a clinic such as this can assist us in making strides against pet overpopulation.”

Efforts to create the clinic actually began about two years ago when the Board of Directors of NCHS voted to pursue acceptance into the Humane Alliance’s National Spay Neuter Response Team mentoring program.

The new clinic will offer low cost, high quality, spay neuter surgeries for cats and dogs, employing the clinic model developed by the Humane Alliance of Asheville, N.C. Julie Morris, senior VP of ASPCA Community Outreach says Humane Alliance is the model to follow in terms of high-quality spay/neuter that is cheap in terms of price, not quality, yet seamlessly performed with perfection and ease.

To help start the clinic, NCHS was awarded an $85,000 equipment grant from PetSmart Charities. Additionally, they have received generous grants from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation and The Marianne Halle Animal Foundation.

“We are grateful to not only these wonderful foundations who support our vision and pursuit of ending euthanasia of homeless pets, but also to the Coweta County community for their incredible support of our group” says Jones. “We look forward to serving the community in this new capacity.”

The clinic will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic’s telephone number is (770) 304-7911 and their website is www.helpspayneuter.org.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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