AWA fundraiser set for Saturday

December 4, 2013 • Local News

If you feel hungry Saturday morning, head over to Applebee’s on North Main Street for breakfast and to support the Animal Welfare Alliance.

AWA volunteers will be serving meals [auth] of pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice at $5 a plate between 7 and 9 a.m. to help raise money for spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.

AWA President Jo McInerney says there will be plenty of food for plenty of people to eat. She said that last year, the fundraiser drew in between 100 and 150 diners.

AWA offers to “fix” cats and dogs at low costs the third weekend of each month at its 927 E. McGaffey Ave. clinic.

The nonprofit organization will offer services next from Dec. 13 through 15. Interested parties should call the clinic at 575-317-7439 one week ahead of time to reserve a spot. Caretakers of animals should arrive with their animals between 7:15 and 9 a.m. the day of the appointment.

The clinic focuses on small dogs on Fridays, dogs over 40 pounds on Saturdays and cats on Sundays. The clinic treats feral cats each day of the weekend and tries to schedule all pets the same day when a family brings in multiple animals.

The cost is usually $25 to treat a cat and $70 for a dog. Feral cats can be fixed at discounted prices.

McInerney says there are multiple benefits to having an animal fixed. She said that spaying or neutering a stray makes the stray friendlier and reduce stray populations, can reduces dogs’ risk for cancer and other diseases and generally makes animals more comfortable.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” she said.

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