Christiansburg’s Mountain View Humane showered a five-month-old kitten named Oliver with special toys and treats recently in celebration of a milestone for the facility: 75,000 spay/neuter surgeries.
The clinic opened in Christiansburg in 2010 and has since provided affordable, high-quality spay and neuter services to the general public along with education on the benefits of aggressive spay and neuter programs.
Spay/neuter is a simple solution to the complex problem of a euthanasia epidemic, which destroys 2.7 million animals each year and is a direct result of animals left unaltered in communities.
Oliver’s owner, Heather Suthard, rescued Oliver because the family felt that Dexter, a kitten the family adopted after he was found at her husband’s workplace, needed someone to play with. Oliver, she knew, always wants attention and is always up for playing with his family.
For Mountain View Humane, the 75,000th surgery means it is striving to fulfill its mission to end pet overpopulation by offering low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries and preventive care services in the form of vaccinations.
As for Oliver, this surgery will help eliminate the risk of certain health problems common in unneutered males. Spaying or neutering a pet not only prevents overpopulation, but helps eradicate certain cancers in both males and females and reduces behavioral challenges associated with unfixed pets.
As a milestone case, Oliver received lots of goodies, toys and treats picked out just for him along with a self-cleaning litter box.
Mountain View Humane’s mission is to end pet overpopulation in the New River Valley and surrounding communities. The clinic sterilizes any dog or cat that needs it, regardless of the owner’s ability to pay. To achieve this, Mountain View Humane raises funds to subsidize surgery costs for roughly half of its clients. Approximately 46% of owned patients have some portion of their fees paid through subsidy funding.