In October 2015, the Fort McMurray SPCA realized the long held milestone of opening their own in-shelter clinic to better care for the animals who found themselves at their door. This May, Dr. Carolyn Levitz, the FMSPCA veterinarian marked another milestone with her 400th surgery helping kitten Julian.
The clinic was long overdue for the FMSPCA and is considered best medical practice for humane societies and SPCAs across the country to ensure that animals within our care receive appropriate medical treatment in a timely manner as well as protecting the health of the shelter population and addressing in-shelter disease control.
Within the walls of the FMSPCA clinic, constructed by donations from the community, suppliers and trades, the organization has been able to perform essential surgeries such as spay and neuters, vaccinate as well as provide identification protocols such as microchipping in order to identify adopted animals who may become lost or be abandoned post-adoption for community safety.
Shelter medicine is a unique field. One of the greatest challenges faced at the FMSPCA is a large number of abandoned, homeless, surrendered or abused animals of unknown origins, with unknown health issues and unknown histories that have to be identified and addressed prior to the animals being put into the shelter population for adoption. The clinic assists the FMSPCA in addressing those challenges in a more efficient way and allows us to ensure that the animals who find themselves at our door are able to get the care and treatment they need before they enter our comprehensive adoption program.
So thank you Fort McMurray, this was truly the clinic that YOU helped to build, and as you can see, support of this program has helped us to Raise the Woof and continue to help animals like little Julian.
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