Chesapeake Feline to open clinic in Perryville
— Chesapeake Feline Association plans to open a new clinic in town that will offer low-cost spaying and neutering for the county’s cat population.
The North East-based nonprofit is nearing the end of its permitting process for the manufactured building, or pod, which will be dropped on an existing concrete pad at the intersection of Route 222 and Route 40.
The funding for the pod comes courtesy of a $75,000
gift from Lulu’s Rescue in Doylestown, Pa.
“Lulu’s Rescue is a dog rescue and we’re a cat rescue so it’s really a nice marriage,” said Dawn Cowhey, director of CFA.
The partnership started in July 2015 after Cowhey kept crossing paths with Michelle Armstrong, of Lulu’s Rescue, at a conference organized by Best Friends, a national organization dedicated to animal welfare.
“Before we left she pulled me aside and said, ‘We love this program and we would like to offer you a spay-neuter pod,’” Cowhey said.
Since CFA received a grant from Maryland Department of Agriculture to spay or neuter 400 cats in Elkton and Port Deposit this year, Cowhey and fellow board member Donna Corcoran started looking for potential sites in those towns.
“Elkton loved it and tried to find us a location,” Corcoran said.
But when no suitable location could be found, the two started looking elsewhere.
Dawn Cowhey, director of Chesapeake Feline Association, gives Perryville Commissioner Alan Fox a look at the layout of the rescue group’s spay-neuter pod, which will be set up on Route 222 near Route 40 by the beginning of the new year.