If dreams come true, soon there will be a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Statesboro.
For two years, an animal advocacy group called Fixing the Boro has worked hard to raise awareness and help provide vouchers for low-cost neutering and spaying, a need that is great in this area, said cofounder Sarah Roehm.
She started Fixing the Boro with the help of fellow founders and animal advocates Chris Sterling and Beth Jenkins. The efforts have grown, and for the past year, the group has evolved into a rescue as well.
“Spaying and neutering and rescue go hand in hand,” she said.
Shelters and rescues stay filled to capacity, and many of the animals are kittens and puppies from unwanted litters. The goal of Fixing the Boro is to greatly reduce these unplanned and unwanted babies through the promotion of low-cost spaying or neutering, and a local clinic that specializes in this is something that is greatly needed in the community, she said.
Roehm said several fundraisers are planned to help collect money to go toward the clinic. The location is already set — it will be on East Inman Street, where Dr. Richard Marz had his previous office. Marz, a local dentist, is also an animal activist.
Once enough money is raised to complete the clinic, “our goal is to spay or neuter 100 animals a week,” she said. “That will be 5,000-plus animals a year.”
The licensed nonprofit organization has been working for two years to help reduce the unwanted pet population, and Roehm said she has learned that cost is the biggest reason people don’t fix their dogs and cats.
“About 90 percent of people we ask say they can’t afford to have their animals spayed or neutered,” she said. Some veterinarians can charge hundreds of dollars for the procedure and accompanying services.
Upcoming fundraisers include the Statesboro Jaycees’ Night Out ’80s Prom coming up from 6:30 p.m. until midnight Jan. 12, where ticket holders don ‘80s-themed party duds and ride a party bus to five different restaurants and bars in Statesboro.
Then, there is an upcoming Bark and Brew event planned at Eagle Creek Brewing Company, with further details coming soon, and a silent auction, she said.
Fixing the Boro is seeking donations of gift baskets, vouchers and gift certificates, artwork and other items for the auction, she said.
While the group currently does a great deal toward getting intact pets neutered or spayed, as well as helping to find unwanted pets homes, having a low-cost clinic would greatly expand the services to a community in need, she said.
“If we could just get this clinic open, we wouldn’t be just a drop in the pond; we’d be a wave,” Roehm said.
To donate funds or auction items or to reach Roehm regarding Fixing the Boro, visit the group’s Facebook page, she said.
For more information on the Statesboro Jaycees’ ‘80s Prom party tour, which will benefit Fixing the Boro, visit the Statesboro Jaycees’ Facebook page.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.