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SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC SEES RECORD NUMBERS

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WENATCHEE- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) hosted a low-income spay/neuter clinic for cats Saturday, October 21. The clinic, sponsored by Community Cat Coalition and numerous community donors, served many families and stray cats in our area and set a clinic record of 106 cats altered. Unowned cats were ear-tipped – a process to show they are altered, vaccinated, and live in our community. The clinic, held quarterly, is open by appointment to low-income household in the Wenatchee Valley. Services provided include: spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP (distemper) vaccines.

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Dr. Brad Crauer, Medical Director at WVHS, performed many surgeries and several local veterinarians volunteered surgery time, including: Dr. Harmeling, Dr. Miller, Dr. Warmenhoven, Dr. Eichler, and Dr. Womack (all of Cascade Veterinary Clinic) with assistance from Cheryl Stuart (Animal Hospital of Wenatchee) and Alison Womack. Also in attendance were Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine students Tristan Troudt, Malkolm Graffe, Alison Herendeen, and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Matt Mickas. WVHS volunteer Dr. Kathy Archibald assisted, along with more than twenty diligent and hard-working WVHS volunteers.

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To date, these clinics have altered nearly 1,000 cats – both feral/community and domestic. WVHS is dedicated to keeping spay/neuter clinics in our community to assist getting cats in low-income households altered.

Spay and neutering is the best way to keep cat populations from quickly turning from a few into thousands of unwanted cats within a few years. For more information on our low-income spay and neuter program, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact the WVHS at (509) 662-9577 or visit online at wenatcheehumane.org.

 About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and our mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by taking care of displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, continuing our spay/neuter program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help us, please email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. BRAD CRAUER IN-HOUSE SHELTER VETERINARIAN

Dawn Davies, executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS), announces the appointment of Dr. Brad Crauer to the recently-created position of in-house shelter veterinarian. Dr. Crauer will be responsible for overseeing a shelter medicine program at WVHS, with a strong emphasis on spay/neuter surgery.

“This appointment helps us realize a dream we have been working on for some time,” notes Davies. “We want every homeless animal that comes through our doors to have a thorough in-house vet check-up, and to receive spay/neuter surgery as quickly as possible to ensure they are ready for adoption with little delay.”

Davies points out that the volume of spay/neuter surgeries the shelter requires can often overwhelm the important partnerships WVHS has with the veterinarian community in our area. “With an in-house veterinarian, these will be handled more efficiently, and routine health checks will avoid delays in treatment,” Davies says. “We will still need to rely on our veterinarian partners for more complex surgeries and treatments on specific cases, and greatly appreciate all they do for us, often without advance warning, and during evening and weekend hours.”

Dr. Crauer has served as Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, where he developed a shelter medicine program. Prior to joining the faculty at Kansas State University, he served as Seattle Humane Society’s Chief Medical Officer and as an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University. He is a 1991 Iowa State University graduate with over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and administrator in private practice, emergency and shelter facilities.

“When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Dr. Crauer acted as an advisor to FEMA and was the lead veterinarian in charge of rescue, triage, treatment and long-term management of an evacuation shelter,” Davies says. “We believe his background equips him very well for the position at WVHS.”
Dr. Crauer’s family includes his wife, two college age children, two dogs and two Katrina rescue cats. He will begin his position at WVHS in July of this year.