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Have a Heart mobile clinic

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Best Friends Animal Society helped fund bringing this mobile veterinary clinic to Tehachapi for a spay and neuter clinic on Feb. 1. Photo courtesy of Have a Heart Humane Society

Volunteers with Have a Heart Humane Society helped keep animals comfortable as they had spay or neuter procedures performed on Feb. 1. A total of 39 and cats were altered, helping reduce the pet overpopulation problem. Photo courtesy of Have a Heart Humane Society

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 39 dogs and cats were altered at Have a Heart Humane Society's 7th mobile clinic, held at the West Park Activity Center.

Each pet owner paid a total of $25 and services included either spay or neuter, a microchip, either a DHPP vaccination for dogs or a FVRCP vaccination for cats, a Rabies vaccination and dogs also got a free license.

The mobile clinic was open to low income pet owners, seniors 65 and over and military. The balance of the cost along with the cost of the Jan. 4 mobile clinic, during which 35 pets were altered, was funded by a grant Have a Heart Humane Society obtained from Best Friends Animal Society

Dr. Hannah and Connie Flinn (a registered vet tech), both Tehachapi residents, along with Jill Hazen, a Bakersfield vet tech worked inside the mobile clinic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kern County Animal Services staff and volunteers joined the clinic team from Have a Heart to set up cages, comfort the pets and watch over them during recover.

"Our goal in doing these clinics is to help make Tehachapi Kern County's first No-Kill community," says Chelley Kitzmiller, founder and president of Have a Heart.

"I want to thank Carol Larimore, Dianna Brown, BJ Hinds, Opal Lawler and all the wonderful Have a Heart volunteers for helping make this possible."

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