Spay Station comes to Arlington, Darrington
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:51 PM
ARLINGTON The Marysville Safeway served as the pick-up and drop-off location for Pasados Safe Haven Spay Station mobile spaying and neutering clinic July 3, but Arlington and Darrington residents will have their chances to turn in cats and dogs for spaying and neutering before the end of the month.
Spay Station veterinary assistant Elizabeth Vidrine visited the Arlington Safeway earlier this year and urged those who wish to present any pets or strays to do so as early as possible.
Its a first-come, first-serve basis, said Vidrine, who noted that those with dogs must be arrive no later than 6 a.m., and those with cats must arrive no later than 6:30 a.m. Weve had some folks come out and start waiting as early as 4:30 a.m. We have limited space, especially for large dogs.
The Spay Station requires that all dogs delivered to the mobile clinic be wearing collars and on leashes, just as all the cats they receive will only be accepted in carriers, boxes and pillowcases. Many of the animals turned over to the Spay Station are pets, but the mobile clinic also spays and neuters stray dogs and feral cats, and can even perform surgeries on animals that are pregnant or in heat, as long as their coordinator is informed ahead of time.
Those with proof of participation in public assistance programs receive free surgery from the Spay Station for the cats and dogs they bring in. Other customers are eligible for reduced prices, especially since discounted microchipping, vaccinations and other medications are available to all animals already undergoing spaying or neutering at the mobile clinic.
The Spay Station will return to the parking lot of the Arlington Safeway at 20500 Olympic Place, on the corner of 204th and Highway 9, July 24. The mobile clinic will also visit the old Family Grocer lot of Darrington, on the corner of Darrington and Givens streets, July 25.