Fix our Ferals has suspended its spay-neuter clinic in Richmond, and let go of its entire staff, until the program can become financially sustainable, the nonprofit announced on Facebook Tuesday.
The clinic at 12226 San Pablo Ave. opened about four years ago with the mission of improving the lives of cats while curbing their homeless population. Tens of thousands of cats have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened.
Fix our Ferals suggests locals bring cats to alternative locations including Evergreen Pet Clinic at 109 San Pablo Towne Center in San Pablo, or Animal Care Clinic at 3340 San Pablo Damn Road in El Sobrante.
Clients were understandably unhappy about the suspension of the nonprofit’s reduced-cost services.
“This is so sad. I really hope you will be able to reopen and continue to help our East Bay cats,” Jane Stutfield said in comments on Facebook. “You have made a huge difference in helping to reduce the feral cat population.”
Michelle Roy-Gabovda, a veterinarian technician, says she couldn’t afford to have her cats fixed at other locations. She works in administration for Kitty 911 East County, which she said used Fix our Ferals for its rescues in order to keep adoptions fees low.
“I am sad and really hope you restart the operations ASAP,” Roy-Gabovda said.
Fix our Ferals said it would be putting out a Survey Monkey seeking feedback and suggestions on how it can run a sustainable clinic.
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