Perryville cat clinic to open in March
— The timeline for getting The Miss Cat Clinic up and running has shifted to spring, according to Dawn Cowhey, director of the Chesapeake Feline Association.
Thanks to a $75,000 donation from Lulu’s Rescue in Doylestown, Pa., CFA is getting a pre-fabricated surgical suite — or a pod — to allow the North East-based nonprofit to offer low cost spaying and neutering to Cecil County cat owners. The pod will go up in Perryville off Route 222.
“We’re hoping to get the pod placed in mid-January,” Cowhey said Monday. Cowhey said all the permits are in place and the pod is being shopped.
“Lulu’s wants to get the right pod for us,” Cowhey said.
Lulu’s Rescue focuses on dogs, but the leadership of that group saw the work being done by CFA and offered them the surgical facility, which will be set up on land owned by Ann Jackson, near the intersection of Route 222 and Route 40.
“Once the pod gets delivered, all the other balls will fall into place,” she said.
After the pod is set on the concrete pad and utilities connected, Cowhey said the surgical equipment could be installed. At least one of the existing outbuildings on the site will be preserved for office space.
“We’ll open in March. Hopefully by then the weather will be better,” she said.
CFA has been actively involved in reducing the surplus cat populations in the county by offering low-cost spaying and neutering services and also by working to contain feral cat colonies. A grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture was used to pay for 400 such surgical procedures for cats in Elkton and Port Deposit.
Jackson welcomed the concept, calling it a good use of the property.
“It’s a need fulfilled,” she said of the project when it was introduced to Perryville offifificials in October.
It’s Jackson’s beloved late pet “Miss Cat” for whom the clinic is named.
Cowhey already has professional backing for the project as well. Dr. Bradley Price, a veterinarian from Aberdeen, has volunteered to be the center’s official doctor of record. Other vets and vet techs have also expressed interest, she added.