Per­ryville cat clinic to open in March

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

PER­RYVILLE

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