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Two Day Clinic Spays and Neuters
Nearly 250 KC Dogs and Cats

Faculty and staff of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital joined two Kansas City non-profit organizations, Spay and Neuter Kansas City and No More Homeless Pets KC, to conduct a two-day clinic in December that spayed and neutered nearly 250 cats and dogs.

The clinic was staffed with veterinary students, MU faculty members Dr. Richard Meadows and Dr. Joann Kunz, local private practice veterinarians, and other volunteers. The clinic is one of a series that perform high volume, high quality surgeries for pet owners who cannot otherwise afford this service. The clinic also helps prepare feral animals for adoption.

"This weekend's activities helped serve many pet owners in need and will help our communities by decreasing pet overpopulation by preventing an unnecessary litter," stated Michelle Dormady, president of Spay and Neuter Kansas City.

"This cooperative effort is a classic win/win scenario," said Dr. Meadows. "Our students get great experience at the two most common surgeries most veterinarians perform and learn about the rewards of community service. At the same time, two great organizations and the animals and owners they represent benefit specifically while the Kansas City area benefits in general."

"It is very gratifying to sit back at the end of a weekend like this and see the students excited about what they've accomplished. It's such a great way for them to build confidence in their surgical skills and help the community at the same time," said Dr. Kunz.

The volunteer work by Dr. Meadows, Dr. Kunz, and the students is conducted through Project HOPE (Helping Overpopulation through Education), created at MU in early 2006 as part of an effort to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs who, if not adopted, are often euthanized. Project HOPE members travel once a month to low-income areas of Kansas City where they spay or neuter companion animals during each visit.

To assist in funding Project HOPE's work, contact Greg Jones, College of Veterinary Medicine development director, at 1-888-850-2357.

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