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'The Fix Is In' Helping to Fix Crowded Animal Shelters Submitted: 10/29/2012
Story By Kailey Burton

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RHINELANDER - Spaying and neutering pets is not cheap, but thanks to a Rhinelander woman with a big heart, pet owners in the Northwoods can afford to be responsible with their animals.

Every day healthy, homeless animals are put to sleep in shelters across the state. Karla Ortman wants to Fix that problem, and now her mobile clinic "The Fix Is In" is part of the solution.

"We're part of the ASPCA's national spay and neuter project," says Ortman, "We had to go through an application process, and have a community assessment done to determine what type of low-cost clinic our area of the state could support."

They found that a mobile clinic where a vet, and small staff travel around the area would work best, so that's what they do.

With the ASPA's methods and training, the Fix Is In travels around the area and holds 1-day clinics 3 times a week. Since July they've helped low-income pet owners and shelters fix over 400 animals.

For Ortman, the best reward is knowing she's helped pets and pet owners.

"Those expressions of gratitude make it really worthwhile, especially when I get feedback from the shelter managers at the different humane societies that they see lower intake numbers... Or they've seen people they never thought would get their animals fixed come and use our services. That's what it's all about is helping animals and helping people to be responsible pet owners."

The Fix Is In regularly travels to Rhinelander, Wausau, Fifield, Antigo, Medford, Crandon, Lac du Flambeau, and Conover.

Visit their website below for more information about their services and locations for upcoming clinics.


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