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Possible Spay & Neuter Clinic In The Future

KENNEWICK, Wa.,--This past weekend close to 500 pet owners lined up in Kennewick for the chance to have their animals receive a free microchip. Because of the success of this event, there has been talk about bringing a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to the Tri-Cities. Benton-Franklin Humane Society manager, Ed Dawson, says his office has been flooded with phone calls about this kind of service.

"It's basically was born out of need," says Dawson. "This area does not have a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, like some of the other areas, around the region."

100 animals were taken in and cared for by the humane society last month alone. And that number will continue to grow. Dr. Janine Swailes {swails} of Meadow Hills Veterinary Center says uncontrolled breeding and disease can lead to overpopulation, which is why a low-cost spay and neuter clinic would help this litter of kittens find new homes.

"There are many homeless pets as we all know and they all have a much better chance of being adopted, if they are spayed and neutered," said Swailes.

Pet owner's agree. The cost's associated with having an animal spayed or neutered can be expensive, making the decision to adopt an animal more difficult. Today, Brehan Oltjenbruns {ol-gin-bruns} adopted a 10-week-old female boarder collie at the humane society. She thinks the spay and neuter clinic would really help.

"I would be more inclined to..it's an expense. It's not cheap. If they would make it cheaper i'm sure it would happen more often," said Oltjenbruns.

This is still just an idea. No formal plans or blueprints have been created. Dawson says that community donations will play a big role in making his dream a reality.

If you'd like more information regarding pet adoption, please call the Benton-Franklin Humane Society at (509) 374-4235 or log-on to their website, http://www.bfhs.com