Local veterinarian, Dr. Reggie Wilkerson, has a huge heart for cats and dogs, as well as for those people who care for them. After opening her own clinic, Affordable Veterinary Services in Harrison, AR, she soon began offering reduced cost services to non-profit pet shelters, humane societies and rescues. She was also the single veterinarian who agreed to provide low cost spay/neuters for Community Cat Project when they started their TNR program to trap, neuter & return feral and free roaming cats in order to reduce the overwhelming numbers of unwanted kittens being born each year. Yes, Dr. Wilkerson is most definitely a firm believer in the benefits of spaying and neutering – for not only each animal’s welfare, but for their caretaker’s well being and the wider community as well who are so inundated each year with unplanned, unwanted puppies and kittens.
Wanting to do even more to address our pet overpopulation issues, Dr. Wilkerson has organized her own 501©3 non-profit, “Highway 7 Spay and Neuter”, which offers extremely affordable spay/neuter surgeries for pets belonging to low income residents. With funding from individuals and grants from the Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation of Sheridan, AR, her program has so far, sterilized over 600 pet dogs & cats whom otherwise wouldn’t have been fixed. Also through this program, a free Pet Food Pantry is available to low income residents whose pets have been sterilized, so those
pets are able to stay in their homes rather than be surrendered to a shelter or given away.
The Highway 7 program is available to low income residents of Marion, Boone, Searcy, Newton and Carroll counties. A simple application is necessary, along with proof of residency and income. A total of 4 pets per household – dogs or cats – can be sterilized. The spay/neuter surgery including Rabies vaccination is just $10 per pet with services performed at Dr. Wilkerson’s clinic, Affordable Veterinary Services in Harrison, Monday through Friday. Residents need to specifically request Highway 7 Spay and Neuter applications when calling 870-741-9447 for appointments. Please don’t wait – this year’s breeding season for cats and dogs has already begun.
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