MADISON, Wis. - A new low-cost veterinary clinic is open on Madison’s west side.
Precision Veterinary on Odana Road offers procedures like spaying and neutering pets at a cheaper price, aiming to help both owners and area shelters.
"Before I could even talk or walk, I wanted to be by the nearest animal I could,” veterinarian Meghan Schuh said.
Now, with two dogs and a foster kitten, Schuh doesn't have to go too far, but when her pets aren't taking her full attention, other animals are on her mind.
As medical director at Precision Veterinary, she hopes to provide care to as many animals as possible, whether or not they have owners who can afford it.
"When we run into those situations, it's really difficult,” she said. “Our heart goes out to people. We want to help."
Schuh said spaying and neutering cats can cost owners $200 to $300, and for dogs, it runs from around $400 to $500. The clinic has a high-volume, low-cost model to bring prices down.
At an open house Saturday, visitors like Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin volunteer Annie Bode came by to show their support.
"It's sad to see somebody who would make a great pet owner, who maybe just needs a little financial help,” Bode said. “So, I think the high-volume, low-cost space is really going to make a difference for animals, as well as the people adopting these animals.”
The clinic will also be partnering with area shelters and rescues like Underdog, giving procedures to current animals while tackling what Schuh calls a big problem in the area.
"We wanted to find a way to impact the community on a bigger level,” she said. “Being able to help out individual cases is fantastic … but what we see as a big need is being able to help with the problem of overpopulation within communities."
Schuh wants animals to be spayed and neutered to prevent animals from becoming homeless in the first place, allowing shelters to run more efficiently and take in more animals who need it.
"Ultimately, that's what I want to do, is affect as many animals as possible,” she said.
The vet clinic plans to set up a pay-it-forward program so donors can pay for procedures and surgeries for animals in need.
Starting Monday, the clinic will be open form 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with spay and neuter costs at $50 for cats and $100 for dogs until the end of the year, when prices will go up by about $10.
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