A cheaper way to de-sex your dog
Do you need to de-sex your dog, but can’t afford the procedure?
Thanks to local resident Lisa Lemaire, Porirua now has a low-cost option – between $20 and $40 – for low-income families.
Recognising the need to make desexing more affordable, Ms Lemaire was determined to find a like-minded partner in the veterinary sector.
‘‘You have a procedure that can cost anywhere from $250,’’ she said. ‘‘And that’s for a small dog. The question was how to bring the cost down to make it work for families.
‘‘I did some research and came across the CareVets Charitable Trust. I sent an email to Nick Cooper at 11 o’clock at night. Only 15 minutes later I got a response saying that CareVets were on board.’’
Cooper is the chief executive of CareVets and the CareVets Charitable Trust.
Ms Lemaire met with Porirua City Council representatives.
Mayor Nick Leggett and Murray Chilcott from the dog control team saw value in the idea.
Mr Chilcott and his team have become a key part of the programme since it began six months ago. How does the system work? Dog owners should call or text Lisa Lemaire on 022 3177 539 or Murray Chilcott at Animal Control on 237-1089.
They will pass the referral to CareVets Porirua clinic – clients are accepted only on referral.
Owners are asked to make a donation toward the procedure.