Daviess County veterinarian Dr Julie Gray said she has been interested in animal rescue throughout her career and the soon to be built County Veterinary Clinic is the best way to her to take care of these animals for the county.
Gray was officially hired as a Daviess County veterinarian last April, a job that previously did not exist in the county. She has been busy reviewing plans, ordering supplies and generally preparing for the opening of the new tax court-approved Daviess clinic earlier in the next year.
“The clinical part of it will be added to the existing shelter on Highway 81,” Gray said. “He’s going to join the hall and then go out to the front where we’re going to have the operating room and the preparation area, the additional dog and cat holding rooms that we would need.” We will also have space for offices.
Gray, who comes to Owensboro from the Vanderburgh Humane Society in Evansville, Indiana, previously spent 14 years at Towne Square Animal Hospital in Owensboro.
Executive Judge Al Mattingly said previously that while Daviess County did not necessarily intend to go into the veterinary business, it had sent proposals to local vets, but had received no response. This left a void in the services needed to take good care of the animals.
Gray said the county hopes the new facility will be open to business around the first of the new year. Until then, she works in a rented space in Hartford.
“We have taken some of our shelters and other rescue animals to this location to go ahead and start neutering some of these animals,” she said.
Gray said animals that come to the shelter must be spayed or neutered before they can be put up for adoption, and she doesn’t think it’s fair that the animals have to wait a long time for that to happen. .
“All of these animals that we had here were just waiting because we just couldn’t get an appointment at the local veterinary offices as they are all saved for months,” she said. “In the last two weeks we have been able to get our animals up for adoption again, which has been great. “
While around 90% of her job will be performing spay and neutering, Gray said she also serves as a veterinarian at the animal shelter and takes care of everything needed, from treating an animal sick while treating an injured animal brought in for help. .
Gray will not only perform surgeries for the animal shelter, but also provide services to local nonprofit animal rescues and shelters in addition to public animals.
“Most of my day will be spent performing surgeries. We will run them not only for our shelter animals, but also for the County Rescue, Sparky and Molly’s Mugs; there are quite a few local rescues and we’re going to neuter and neuter their animals so that they can be adopted, so that kind of ramifies. We will also make public animals.
Gray said she learned the importance for pet owners of sterilizing their parts early on in her career, and it’s something she still advocates as an important way to reduce the number of animals in stay in a community.
“This is the number one priority,” she said. “There are a lot of unintentional pregnancies and a lot of these puppies and kittens end up flooding our shelters, so we have to take care of them. “
Gray said as a whole that the stray animal situation in Daviess County is not as bad as in other places she has seen, and that is something the county has been trying to get under control.
“As for a person who has stray cats and feral cats, I think this is really Daviess County’s only problem because a cat can produce so many kittens in its lifetime,” he said. she declared.
Gray said a female cat can be responsible for up to 600,000 offspring, which shows how important it is to neuter and neuter animals.
Local residents who see stray cats in their neighborhood can contact Daviess County Animal Control and arrange to pick up a trap, so the feral cats can be brought in for the operation before being released again. .
Gray said local people who open their homes as animal foster owners also play an important role in keeping animals off the streets of Daviess County.
“It’s super important because we have very little space in our building and it’s neither fair nor healthy to overcrowd it,” Gray said. “This is where we try to use other rescues and receptions as much as possible so that we can get them out of here.”
For more information on Daviess County animal care and control, visit www.daviessky.org/departments/animal-control.