QUESTION: What is the status of the surgical suite at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center?
ANSWER: Construction of the surgical suite is now completed. The new addition to the animal shelter is east of the facility’s front entrance and will be used for vaccination clinics, occasional spay/neuter clinics for the public and for vaccinating, spaying and neutering pets housed at the animal shelter that are waiting to be adopted.
“The surgical suite was funded through a bequest of more than $286,000 from the estate of Georgette Sperry Huna,” said Arleen Garcia, the Sierra Vista animal control supervisor who oversees the shelter’s operations.
“Construction started in February with Canyon Buildings out of Tucson contracted to do the work. The building is completed, but we’re now working at finding funds for equipment. We’re going to need around $30,000 to pay for surgical equipment, an anesthesia machine, monitors, recovery cages and an autoclave. We’ve applied for grant funding and are waiting to see if we’re going to receive the funding,” Garcia said.
The shelter hosted a low-cost spay/neuter clinic on Saturday with veterinarians from ASAVET, a mobile unit out of Tucson, performing 54 surgeries on dogs and cats.
“We were fortunate that the surgical suite was completed because we used it as a recovery area for cats and as a checkout area when people came to pick up their pets,” Garcia said. “Once our new addition is equipped for surgeries — it’s going to bring huge benefits to the shelter animals.”
“It benefits the animals because they don’t have to be transported to and from veterinary hospitals for the procedures,” she added. “Another benefit is that animals that need to be adopted can be spayed or neutered as soon as they’re available. This allows the adoptive families to take animals home the day of the surgery without having to wait for these procedures to be done. We’ll have empty kennels sooner because pets will be able to go home the day they’re adopted.
“This new addition is a step forward for our shelter. Not only does it help shelter animals out, but the community benefits through the vaccination and spay/neuter clinics we’ll be able to offer the public.”
Garcia invites the public to visit the shelter and check at its latest addition while looking for a new furry friend to bring home.
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