|Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00|
Spay & Neuter Surgeries Special Offered
50-Percent Price Reduction Offered at San Jacinto Clinic
SAN JACINTO, May 26, 2011 – The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus veterinary clinic (581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto, 92582) is offering a special reduction for a two-week period.
A sweet, half-off surgery special will be offered Tuesday, May 31, and run until Thursday, June 9, at 5 p.m. Riverside County Animal Services is offering the half-off special to the first 300 pet owners who book their appointment. Please note: The special is for one pet per person but owners can book additional pets at the regular, low-cost rate.
(Note: Pet owners who have previously booked their pet's surgery prior to this announcement – and are still on the waiting list for an appointment – will also receive the special rate.) The special rate drops the surgeries to $42.50 for a dog (regardless of weight or sex) and the special rate for cat surgeries is an easy $20. The special rate only applies to the surgery itself.
There are additional costs that the pet owner should be aware of in advance; a pain-reduction shot costs $8, for example. Other fees could include: $20 for microchip and any necessary vaccinations the pet may need. Dog owners should have a current license for a pet more than four months old. Dog licenses are mandated by state law. Cats should be brought to the clinic in carriers and dogs must be on a leash.
A request for an appointment can be made in less than one minute by using Riverside County Animal Services' easy online appointment form, available at www.rcdas.org (just look for the "FIX ME" tab). Pet owners, please make sure you are booking your appointment for the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus location.
For those pet owners without access to a computer or the Internet, appointments can be made over the telephone at 951-358-PETS (7387). But Animal Services' phone lines are typically very busy as agents are handling priority calls for animals in danger that require an officer. Surgery appointment callers could be on hold for lengthy periods, so the online application form is highly recommended.
"We know many residents need this important surgery for their pets, but the economic climate makes some people reluctant to get this done," Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys said. "This special rate, we hope, will encourage another large group of people to get their pet altered. This really is a critical need, as Animal Services continues to impound countless unwanted pets."
Director Robert Miller said he believes the special rate will also remind residents in the San Jacinto Valley region that the new clinic is up and running. After the special rate, appointments for low-cost surgeries ($85 for dogs; $40 for cats) are easy to make and usually accommodated in less than a week, Miller said.