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Shelter teams up with WSU

Soon the Quincy Animal Shelter will be teaming up with Washington State University in an effort to get a foothold on Quincy’s growing animal control issues.

“Our numbers vary, but sometimes we have a lot of animals,” said shelter manager Kristie Wolfe.

Recently the Quincy Animal Shelter got in touch with Charles Powell, who is the public information officer for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The two entities immediately worked on forging a mutually beneficial contract that would help the school of veterinary medicine as well as the shelter and the Quincy community as a whole.

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First of all, an air-conditioned van, approved for animal transport, will pick up the stray animals from the shelter and transport them to Washington State University in Pullman. Upon arrival, these animals will be spayed or neutered by veterinary students under the direct supervision of their professors.

“We offer the service to many communities all around the area. We do over 1,200 of these surgeries throughout the year,” said Powell.

He stressed, also, that these animals would absolutely not be used for testing or research. Deceased animals that will also be collected by the team will be used for educational purposes only, helping veterinary students learn animal anatomy.

Animals that are recipients of spay or neuter surgery will be picked up on a Monday and brought back to Quincy on Friday of the same week, or the following Monday at the latest, according to Powell.

“This is fantastic news. It will take the pressure of added costs from the city and the shelter. When we get the animals back, they will be more adoptable because they will already be spayed or neutered,” said Wolfe.

The tentative contract between the Quincy Animal Shelter and WSU will take place in about a month.

“The veterinary contract has to clear the attorney general and the City of Quincy,” said Wolfe.

As of now, the contract is pending approval; however, both the Quincy Animal Shelter and Charles Powell are encouraged that it will happen. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Wolfe.

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