SARASOTA -- The Animal Rescue Coalition mobile clinic, an organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats by making spay and neutering services more accessible and affordable to low-income pet owners, came off the road.
The move, from a mobile van to a free-standing, 3,800-square-foot building just east of Interstate 75 near the Fruitville Library, will enable ARC to double the number of spays and neuters performed daily, making better use of fixed overhead and reducing the cost per surgery. ARC will also implement a transport program to reach outlying areas of critical need in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties.
The move was made possible by a successful capital campaign that raised sufficient money to pay for renovation costs on the building and all the necessary medical and surgical equipment needed for a fully equipped, state-of-the-art spay and neuter clinic. PetSmart Charities, ARC Board Chairwoman Joanna Pace and her husband, David Brackett, as well as all ARC directors and many other donors made substantial contributions and were instrumental in making the transition possible.
“We are so grateful to our supporters and donors who share our vision”, says Gisele Pintchuck, ARC executive director. “Spaying and neutering address the issue of overpopulation at its core. Now, we can serve the community in a much more efficient and comprehensive way.”
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Since its founding, ARC has spayed and neutered more than 38,000 animals. They are staffed by a full-time licensed medical director/lead veterinarian, two vet techs and one tech assistant. The new facility can now handle cats and dogs of all sizes as well as a separate den to accommodate feral cats.
ARC follows the operating model of Humane Alliance, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization focused on high-volume, high-quality, low-cost companion animal spay and neuter. ARC is one of 139 U.S. Humane Alliance clinics to adopt this model, which has proven to increase procedures and lower expenses.
ARC depends on donations to offset operating, building and maintenance expenses and welcomes donations large and small.
Information: 941-957-1955, ext. 3.