It has been more than a year since the launch of City Hall-SPCA Kembiri Clinic and its manager Dr. G.R. Krishnan said the partnership project has improved the situation of strays in Kuala Lumpur.
The clinic has done 1097 spaying and neutering operations since its inception, and with public awareness of the benefits increasing. Dr Krishnan said the clinic was expecting more pet owners to take up the subsidised treatments.
"We have just reached out target of over 100 operations a month in April," said Krishnan, also a volunteer veterinarian at the clinic.
Under the joint partnership, SPCA has been able to provide minimal cost for the spay operations at RM50 for cats, RM70 for dogs and RM15 for antibiotics, to be used after the treatment.
SPCA manages the clinic while City Hall provides staff and premises. The joint effort also includes the Department of Veterinary Services and University Putra Malaysia which provide volunteer consultation doctors, and the Malaysian National Animal Foundation gives publicity through the printing of pamphlets.
Opened from 8.30am to 4pm daily, except on public holidays, the clinic provides treatments by appointment only.
"We have had many compassionate pet owners bringing in strays and paying for them to be neutered since the launch of the clinic," said Dr Krishnan.
"Once the animals are spayed, we keep them for a while to monitor their condition before moving them to the SPCA for adoption."
The health benefits of spaying or neutering the pet include reduced stress, prevent wandering and roaming in search of females and reducing aggression.
The clinic is in Jalan Ayer Jerneh, off Jalan Genting Kelang, Setapak. For details, call 03-4021 1682.