TIVERTON — New reduced-cost neutering services are now available for dogs and cats belonging to Tiverton residents.
The announcement was made by Placing Paws, a Tiverton animal welfare organization.
Barbara Pelletier, a spokesperson for Placing Paws, said that Rhode Island law requires all cats over the age of six months to be spayed or neutered, which generates a great need for such services that can be costly.
“Rhode Island is fortunate,” she said in a flyer distributed in Town Hall announcing the new service, “to have a privately subsidized spay and neuter service available to its citizens.”
The clinic is located in Warwick, she said, but arrangements have recently been made for Tiverton residents to drop their pets off at the Bristol Animal Shelter, from which, twice monthly on every-other Tuesday, the Warwick van will pick up crated cats, and transport them to the Warwick Clinic for neutering.
Essentially, she said, the Bristol Shelter is agreeing to serve as a transfer facility for cats destined to go to Warwick for neutering. The service is available to anyone at all income levels.
The fee is for the service for cats is $65, and includes a rabies and distemper/parvo vaccination, Ms. Pelletier said. In addition, the Warwick Clinic spays and neuters dogs, also at reduced prices.
The Bristol Animal Shelter is located at 10 Minturn Farm Road (off Metacom Avenue). Its phone number is 401-253-4834. The Warwick Clinic is located at 235 Elm Street (telephone: 401-369-7297).
Placing Paws phone number in Tiverton is 624-9562.