Acknowledging that rabbits are the third most popular pets in Seattle, the spay and neuter clinic of the city’s animal shelter will start offering its services for rabbits as of the first of January. The news was reported by Susan Wyatt on the KING-TV website.
The Shelter says the clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. MaryEllen Zoulas, and her team have been providing this service to the rabbits adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter for nearly 15 years, and are now opening up their practice to any rabbit in need of spay or neuter surgery.
Zoulas says spayed and neutered rabbits live longer, healthier lives and have less risk of cancer and urinary tract infections. Also, behavior problems such as spraying and aggressiveness are often reduced in these rabbits.
The Shelter says rabbits are the third most common animal to end up at the shelter in need of a new home; several litters of unexpected baby bunnies were dropped off at the shelter in 2012.
The Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter will begin scheduling 2013 rabbit spay/neuter appointments immediately. Please call 206-386-4260 to schedule your rabbit’s appointment and go to http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/rabbit.htm to learn more. The clinic is available to any pet owner, regardless of residency or income status.
The fee for surgery will be $75 and includes:
- Pre-emptive pain management
- General gas anesthesia during surgery
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Tender, loving care
For pet owners who are unable to afford the cost of their rabbit’s spay or neuter surgery, the shelter’s Pet Population Control Fund is available to subsidize that cost. Donations can be made to this fund to support pet owners of dogs, cats and rabbits that cannot afford to have their pet spayed or neutered.
To read the complete article, please go to www.king5.com/community/blogs/the-pet-dish/Seattle-Animal-Shelter-to-offer-spayneuter-services-182099711.html
This is excellent news and Hoppintton Post would like to offer our congratulations. Rabbits that have been spayed or neutered not only are less likely to have health problems, but are also less prone to behavior problems.