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Post Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:29 am 
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marta Anderson, Shelter Director
Shelter: 303-838-2668
Cell: 216-704-6271

Cat is “First In Spay” as IMHS Clinic Launched
Shelter’s New Spay-Neuter Clinic Serves First Patients

Two patients received landmark surgeries at the Intermountain Humane Society’s (IMHS’s) new veterinary clinic on Saturday, February 18th. Lucy, a domestic longhair female cat was not aware of the historic nature of the spay surgery she received but the 6-month old is focused on looking for her new lifetime home.

Griffin the 7 year old neutered male Samoyed mix was the second to grace a new surgery table at IMHS so that a benign tumor could be removed from his rear foot. Griffin has been around long enough to know that being the second surgery is not as important as finding that new second (and final) loving home.

While Lucy and Griffin seem unruffled by the launch of the clinic, others are offering accolades to those who helped IMHS reach this long-awaited goal.

“Talk about ‘it takes a village’” said IMHS Shelter Director Marta Anderson, “Dave O’Brien, DVM, volunteered his time to provide the two surgeries and he was assisted by Certified Veterinary Technician Cappy O’Brien who also volunteered on her ‘day off’. The renovation of a rented room into a sterile veterinary clinic was largely conducted by IMHS volunteers, and donors in the community who stepped forward with funding and in-kind donations to help us reach this landmark moment.”

Mitch Zale, DVM, was also present during the first surgeries to share in the milestone event. Dr. Zale has performed cat neuters for the shelter free of charge for the past several months, to save the organization money.

Drs. O’Brien and Zale, and Cappy O’Brien are all members of the new IMHS Board of Directors who took over leadership of the organization last spring. The clinic will initially serve only shelter animals. By spaying and neutering, and providing other lifesaving medical treatments in-house, IMHS will save money and also reduce the stress that some animals previously experienced being transported to other area clinics for services.

“The key to ending the tragic homeless animal crisis is spay and neuter,” said Anderson, “True to our mission, IMHS is committed to reducing pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering every puppy, kitten, dog and cat before they go to their new lifetime homes, and we’re grateful to the community for the assistance they’ve provided to help us launch this new clinic.”

The Intermountain Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization that receives no government funding and relies on donations from the community to serve its mission. IMHS is located at 67318 US Hwy 285 S in Pine Junction. For more information on adoption or volunteer opportunities, call 303-838-2668 or visit www.imhs.org.

Surgeon Dave O'Brien DVM, with Dr. Mitch Zale DVM monitoring the patient
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Cappy O'Brien CVT, and Dr. Dave O'Brien examining Griffin
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Cappy, Dr. O'Brien, and Dr. Zale with Lucy
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IMHS clinic's first spay! Lucy (who is now ready to be adopted!)
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Griffin on the table
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The completed project is an innovative and wonderfully wise addition to IMHS
THANK YOU for being there for the animals in a MORE thoughtful and productive way.......your hard work and dedication is apparent. If there are
additional needs for the surg wing please keep us informed...... 8)

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Great to see the surgical facility has opened! Hopefully it will save the shelter a lot of money, and make things less stressful on the animals.

Special thanks to the dedicated vets and vet tech for their efforts to make this happen. And thanks to all the donors as well.


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I am so glad Cappy was around to help, and even happier to see her on the board! She's an awesome tech and human.


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HOORAY for IMHS and the community that made this possible! Score one for the animals~


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