A nonprofit organization
that specializes in mobile spay and neuter surgeries will be at Indio Civic Center this Friday and Saturday to offer free services, a spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services said Tuesday.
The Lucy Pet Foundation, which is based in Thousand Oaks, is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and this is the mobile unit's first visit to Riverside County.
The foundation's mobile unit will be at Indio Civic Center on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 "offering free surgeries, free vaccinations and
free microchips," John Welsh of Riverside
County Animal Services said in a statement.
County animal services officials are coordinating the event with Animal Samaritans SPCA
Inc., the Animal Action League, and the city of Indio, and they're calling it "Coachella Valley Outreach Days for Pets."
The location of the mobile units and veterinary professionals will be at the corner of c, next to Indio City Hall, Welsh said.
Here's more from the county announcement: Mobile
spay & neuter vehicles and veterinary professionals from the Animal
Action League and Riverside County Animal Services team are
joining forces with the Lucy Pet
Foundation. Representatives from Animal Samaritans will be on hand to
assist with vaccinations and other services. Animal Samaritans is also
providing some free surgeries for pets at its clinic location. Although pet owners have already been lined up to receive free spay/neuter surgeries for their animals, the free vaccinations and microchips
will be for any pet owner that arrives between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cap for each day is 250 pets. The Lucy Pet Foundation is based in Thousand Oaks and its mission is to assist pet owners in communities where pet overpopulation remains
a major issue. This is the Lucy Pet
Foundation mobile unit's first visit into Riverside County. The
organization’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Karen Halligan, is a former
director for spcaLA, where she worked for 12 years.
"We are very fortunate to share this wonderful outreach effort with the Lucy Pet
Foundation and other caring partners," Riverside County
Animal Services Director Robert Miller said. "This is a very generous
outreach by all and we hope we can make this offer in other parts of our
eastern county communities."