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As part of the City of Austin's commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership, the Austin/Travis County Animal Services Unit will sponsor "free pet services" for pet owners in East Austin. The Emancipet Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic, operated by Ellen Jefferson, D.V.M., will provide free pet neutering and vaccinations for rabies. Additional services available to pet owners at a nominal cost include: tests for Feline leukemia and Feline AIDS, strongid dewormer and droncit dewormer for dogs and cats, Dhlpp and Bordetella vaccinations for dogs, as well as heartworm testing. For Spay and Neuter services, pets must arrive on a leash or in a carrier ~ between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and be nicked un between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m.

The free clinics are held each Friday at the following locations:

24-August-2001 Montopolis Recreation Center 1200 B Montopolis Dr.
31-August-2001 Millennium Youth Ent. Complex 1156 Hargrave
7-Sept-2001 Blackland Neighborhood Center 2005 Salina
14-Sept-2001 St. Johns Neighborhood Center 928 Blackson
21-Sept-2001 Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 1206 E 9th
28-Sept-2001 Givens Recreation Center 3811 E 12th
5-Oct-2001 Montopolis Recreation Center 1200 B Montopolis Dr.
12-Oct-2001 Millennium Youth Ent. Complex 1156 Hargrave
19-Oct-2001 Blackland Neighborhood Center 2005 Salina
26-Oct-2001 St. Johns Neighborhood Center 928 Blackson

For more information, please call the Town Lake Animal Center at 708-6000, or Emancipet Spay & Neuter Clinic at 587-7729.

. ==Lee Stone <> writes >== I like the idea as a goal to be accomplished through an AGGRESSIVE public program to take neutering and pet care into the poorer neighborhoods. Mobile neutering vans. Bill Boards. Staff available to got to homes and do dog training consultations for free. When those programs are implemented then the number of unwanted pets should drop.
I have a problem with a no-kill policy at a "pound," because they will quickly fill up, and then start turning people away with their unwanted dogs and cats. Most of these people are going to dump their unwanted pets in the countryside to starve, be run over, or killed for running wild.

== Gale Greenleaf <> replies>== Lee Stone's response is about where I'm at. I'd love it if neutering programs were so effective that dogs and cats would become sought after treasures, not dime a dozen throwaways. But the reality is harsher. In Milford, CT, for example, where my parents live, the pound is so overwhelmed they don't even take cats. And some animals are just about unadoptable, or are dangerous or sick. What do you do with the

As long as there are feral cats, though, the neuter, feed, and release plan seems to work in some areas, keeping a stable relatively healthy population of mouse and rat predators. The latest info on bird predation indicates that feral cats are not the huge problem they were once thought to be. Wild dogs, on the other hand, because they are much bigger and hunt in packs, bring down game in the country, and are a potential danger in heavily populated areas. But let's not even go there

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