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."