This acquisition will help the Richmond SPCA make sterilization services more accessible.
The Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has acquired AL Shilling Spay & Neuter and will operate a satellite clinic in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
“The Richmond SPCA has a long-standing commitment to making these services more accessible,” said Tamsen Kingry, CEO of the Richmond SPCA, in an organizational statement.
“So when we learned of the prospect of AL Shilling Spay & Neuter closing, we decided to respond to the demand for spaying and sterilization to ensure that public and private shelters and rescue groups could modify the pets before adoption, which is key to reducing the number of homeless animals being born,” she added.
The location will be renamed Richmond SPCA Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic, in honor of an anonymous donor’s deceased pet. The clinic will provide sterilization services for pets cared for by municipal shelters, private rescue groups, and community felines brought in by caregivers performing Trap, Neuter, Return.
“We are thrilled to be able to pass the torch to an organization that is more than capable of continuing its important mission. Access to sterilization and sterilization is critical to our progress towards a happier, healthier, and humane community,” said commented the AL. Board of Shilling Spay & Neuter.
The clinic will be closed in February with a scheduled reopening in March.
Once reopened, Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic will operate Monday through Thursday and perform approximately 100 surgeries per week. Pets will be seen at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital at the Richmond SPCA.
From 2004 to 2012, the Richmond SPCA performed more than 88,500 spaying surgeries at Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic, which was formerly inside the organization’s Humanitarian Center.
Richmond SPCA acquires AL Shilling Spay & Neuter. Press release. Richmond SPCA. February 3, 2022. Accessed February 3, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/richmond-spca-acquires-al-shilling-spay–neuter-301473979.html