Mobile spay and neuter clinic could help alleviate shelter overcrowdingSubmitted: 09/19/2019
Story By Rose McBride

Mobile spay and neuter clinic could help alleviate shelter overcrowding
MERRILL - There are more kittens than the shelter would like at the Lincoln County Humane Society. 
"Overcrowding, especially during peak times of year that are nicknamed 'kitten season', is a really big problem for shelters everywhere," said shelter manager Liz Friedenfels.

Friedenfels says unfixed cats have babies, and the owners think they'll be able to find homes for the kittens, but instead they end up at the humane society. 

"We end up with a lot of surrenders that way because people just can't find enough good homes for them," said Friedenfels. 

But The Fix Is In, a mobile spay and neuter clinic, is hoping to stop that problem. 

"We are sterilizing them so they can't reproduce anymore and it makes for a healthier, happier pet," said clinic director Samantha Clouse. 

The Fix Is In came to the Lincoln County Humane Society Thursday to spay or neuter about 50 pets. The clinic travels all over the state to provide affordable services.

Spaying and neutering not only keeps pets from reproducing, it also keeps them healthier. 

"Health wise it reduces risks of cancer, especially females' mammary cancer, and males' prostate cancer," said Clouse. 

Getting your pet spayed or neutered is an easy way to not only reduce the risk of health problems, but also keep shelters from becoming too crowded.

"If you have animals at home, especially cats that aren't fixed, that's the number one way to help other homeless animals is to make sure your cats aren't producing more," said Friedenfels. 

The Fix Is In will be in Rhinelander Friday at the Newbold Town Hall before heading to Long Lake this weekend. 

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