This acquisition will help the Richmond SPCA make spay and neuter services more accessible.
The Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) acquired A.L. 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, Richmond SPCA CEO, in an organizational release.
"So when we learned of the prospect of A.L. Shilling Spay & Neuter closing its doors, we moved to meet the demand for spay and neuter to ensure that public and private shelters and rescue groups can alter pets before adoption, which is essential to reducing the number of homeless animals being born,” she added.
The location will be renamed the Richmond SPCA Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic, honoring the departed pet of an anonymous donor. The clinic will offer sterilization services for pets in the care of municipal shelters, private rescue groups, and community felines brought by caregivers performing Trap, Neuter, Return.
"We are overjoyed to be able to pass the torch to an organization that is more than able to continue its important mission. Access to spay and neuter is vital to our progress towards a more happy, healthy, and humane community,” commented the A.L Shilling Spay & Neuter board of directors.
The clinic will be closed in February with an anticipated March reopening.
Once reopened, Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic will operate Monday through Thursday and will perform about 100 surgeries weekly. Owned pets will be seen at the Richmond SPCA's Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.
From 2004 to 2012 the Richmond SPCA performed more than 88,500 sterilization surgeries at Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic, which used to be inside the organization's humane center.
Richmond SPCA acquires A.L. Shilling Spay & Neuter. News 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