Ch­e­sa­peake Fe­line to open clinic in Per­ryville

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

PER­RYVILLE

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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