Thanks to the support of PetSmart Charities® and generous donors, Best Friends Animal Society in Utah recently opened the Best Friends Spay/Neuter Clinic in the South Ogden area. The clinic provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pet owners, community cat caregivers and No-Kill Utah (NKUT) Coalition partners across northern Utah.
The high-volume community clinic provides access to low-cost spay/neuter for the South Ogden area. At full capacity, it will perform an estimated 18,500 spay/neuter surgeries over three years, and approximately 8,000 annually, serving primarily low-income pet adopters, community cat caregivers and area rescue groups. The goal for this year is 6,500 surgeries, as the new facility gets up to speed.
“We want to make spay and neuter services as accessible as possible for Utah,” says Arlyn Bradshaw, executive director for Best Friends in Utah. “Primarily, we want to serve our low-income neighbors, and friends and family who might not have the resources at their disposal to go to a full-service veterinary clinic.”
A generous grant of more than $575,000 provided by PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, was provided for the clinic’s construction, as well as to cover a portion of medical care supplies and operating expenses.
“By making spay and neuter services more accessible and affordable for pet parents in South Ogden, this new clinic will help the community reduce the overpopulation of pets in Davis and Weber Counties, and the rural areas of northern Utah,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “The Ogden community now has another resource to take it one step closer to ending pet homelessness in the area.”
Brand new facilities to help save more animals
The clinic has all brand new surgery facilities with high quality medical equipment, heated surgery tables, oxygen concentrators, new anesthesia machines and on-site bloodwork equipment.
The South Ogden clinic is modeled after a similar Best Friends clinic in Orem, which has been operating in Utah County for several years. Last year, the Orem clinic performed more than 10,600 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.
The breakdown of the 6,500 projected surgeries for this year is as follows: 400 graduates from the Best Friends kitten nursery, 1,000 community cat vouchers, 700 community cats brought in by staff and partner shelters, 500 animals from partner shelters, 1,100 animals from members of the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) Coalition, and 2,800 free or low-cost surgeries for individual pet owners.
Making spay/neuter accessible for more pets
The South Ogden location was chosen because Best Friends is working hard to reduce the number of homeless pets in Weber and Davis Counties. By offering low-cost and free spay/neuter resources in both counties, Best Friends can help decrease animal intake at both partner shelters.
“As we looked at where spay and neuter services were in the state, there was service in Salt Lake County as well as our other Best Friends clinic in Utah County,” says Arlyn, “but not many options on the northern end of the Wasatch front. And that’s why we chose to be in Ogden.”