It was a good day in the South Tucson neighborhood on April 6 when AWASA (Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona) set up a makeshift veterinary vaccination clinic at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen.
One hundred forty (140) animals received free services.Three veterinarians — Dr. Khalsa of Acacia Animal Hospital, Dr. O’Donnell. of Northwest Pet Clinic, and Dr. Rademaker of Sunrise Pet Clinic volunteered their valuable time to examine and administer dewormer, vaccines, and flee/tick to those in need. Pima Medical Institute provided the vaccines as well as instructors and students to assist. Northwest Pet Clinic for donated flee/tick application and dewormer.
Other volunteers, many bilingual, assisted with crowd coordination, handing out leashes and food for those who needed it.
What is Pet Fix?
Pima County gives AWASA $220,000 per year to provide free spay & neuter in targeted areas with a depressed economy and the highest intact volume. This year, in addition to these boundaries more opportunities have been added to include people on AHCCS, in Title 8 housing, on food stamps and Medicare. The money is generated from donations, Pima County Health Department, and the Arizona Pet Friendly Spay/Neuter License Plate.
Fifteen percent of the money can be used for feral cats.
Over the past three years, the average number of spay & neuter pets from Pet Fix program has been 3,406 per year.
Other options for Spay and Neuter in the community include Spay and Neuter Solutions, private grants to various rescue groups, or accessing one of the many low cost spay and neuter clinics that offer this service at a greatly reduced price.
What can people do to help this program?
AWASA will accept donations to be utilized in spaying and neutering animals and helping to support the administrative costs (not currently being funded) of this program. Donations can be sent to AWASA at 5425 E Broadway # 227 Tucson Az. 85711 or use the donate button on the website. AWASA is a 501©(3) organizations and your donations are tax deductible.