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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Animal Rescue Coalition Opens Doors to New Clinic

Jan 02, 2015 02:16PM

The Animal Rescue Coalition’s (ARC) mobile clinic, an organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats by making spay and neutering services more accessible and affordable to low-income pet owners, recently came off the road. The move, from a mobile van to a free-standing, 3,800 square foot building just east of I-75 near the Fruitville Library, will enable ARC to double the number of spays and neuters performed daily, making better use of fixed overhead and reducing the cost per surgery. ARC will also implement a transport program to reach outlying areas of critical need in Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.

The move was made possible by a successful capital campaign that raised sufficient money to pay for renovation costs on the building and all the necessary medical and surgical equipment, needed for a fully equipped, state-of-the-art spay and neuter clinic. PetSmart Charities, ARC’s Board Chair, Joanna Pace, and her husband, David Brackett, as well as all ARC’s board of directors and many other donors made substantial contributions and were instrumental in making the transition possible.

“We are so grateful to our supporters and donors, who share our vision,” says Gisele Pintchuck, ARC Executive Director. “Spaying and neutering address the issue of overpopulation at its core. Now, we can serve the community in a much more efficient and comprehensive way.”

Since its founding, ARC has spayed and neutered over 38,000 animals. They are staffed by a full-time licensed Medical Director/Lead Veterinarian, two vet techs and one tech assistant. The new facility can now handle cats and dogs of all sizes, as well as a separate den to accommodate feral cats. 


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