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Johnston Vet Offers Pet Sterilization Services From Mobile Hospital

Posted April 18, 2003

— Each year, thousands of dogs and cats are adopted by loving families, but at the same time many others are put to sleep in North Carolina. A veterinarian in Johnston County is traveling to great lengths to change that.

Dr. Dawn Longo works at an animal clinic that is a little unique -- it is on wheels.

"We can bring our services to the people. We actually travel to eight different counties," Longo said.

The

Carolina Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic

provides low-cost, pet sterilization services. The clinic on wheels averages 15 to 20 procedures a day.

"Probably 90 percent of our clients have never taken their pet to the vet at all," she said.

Walter Ferrara had his cat fixed at the mobile hospital.

"[The] price was a lot cheaper than anyplace else I could find, so I had the cat spayed," she said.

The price was also right for Johnny Ramsey and his cat, Roper.

"With the times, the economy the way it is we're looking to save, save every penny we can," he said.

While the procedures are less expensive, Longo said there is no trimming on quality.

"It's done just like it would be done at the local hospital. We use all the best equipment and all the newest techniques and high-quality anesthesia," she said.

The service cost about $90 for dogs and $60 for cats and includes vaccinations and general health checkups.

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