Animal Shelter Opens Spay/Neuter Clinic, Managers Excited About Services They Can Now Provide

The Daviess County Spay/Neuter Clinic at the animal shelter held a grand opening Thursday morning after a week of packed surgeries.

Director Ashley Thompson said the shelter, located at 2620 KY-81, has been working on bringing the clinic to the area for nearly 14 years, so she’s excited about the future now that it’s open.

The 1,900 square foot clinic contains space for two surgery tables, prep tables, two holding rooms for cats and dogs lined with kennels, and a separate room for feral cats.

County veterinarian Dr. Julie Gray said they’ve been performing surgeries in the new space since July 6, performing around 13 to 18 surgeries a day – which she says is still a conservative number.

They plan to perform around 30 surgeries a day as they adjust to the space and have more room for staff. Gray said they also have a group of interns on staff who are students in the Owensboro Community & Technical College veterinary program.

“We slowly get our flow by putting things where we want them and organizing things,” Gray said.

Gray said most of the animals that come in for services come from county residents and only a small amount come from inside the shelter. She said it takes about 9 hours, including preparation, surgery and recovery, to perform a procedure.

The recovery area – which is called The Beach – is a padded area with heated blankets and other comforting items that the animal will wake up to after their operation.

Gray is excited to tackle the overpopulation of animals in the community and hopes to reduce the rate of euthanasia.

“We implore the general public to do what they can to help us by neutering and neutering your own pet,” Gray said. “If you can foster, it will help get these animals into homes, allow us to provide shelter for incoming animals, and hopefully reduce euthanasia rates.”

For general sterilization questions, contact Spay A Stray at 270-925-1720.