Duncan new vet at HELP clinic
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Dr. John Duncan is the new veterinarian at the HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic in Newnan. The clinic aims to end pet overpopulation by offering low cost, high-volume spay/neuter services.
Duncan, a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia veterinary school, joined the clinic in June because the previous veterinarian was leaving.
He has experience in the high volume spay/neuter model the clinic uses, as he was an intern with the Humane Alliance in Asheville, N.C.
Duncan said he is excited to work at the Newnan clinic. "Doing the surgery all day — it's a lot of fun," he said.
The clinic is currently offering two special programs.
The "primp your pit" program offers spay or neuter surgeries for just $20 for pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
The pediatric program, which currently has a waiting list, offers $20 surgeries for animals under six months of age.
"We expect to have more specials in the future," Duncan said. All the special programs are funded by grants.
The standard price for the surgeries is $55 for a cat spay, $45 for a cat neuter, $75 to $95 for dog spays, depending on weight, and $70 to $85 for dog neuters, depending on weight. There is no extra charge if females are pregnant or in heat.
There is also a program for feral cats, with surgery at $35, with an ear tip required and rabies vaccine included. All feral cats must be in traps.
Duncan said the pit bull program has been popular. "I've been doing a lot of large pit bull dogs," he said. It seems that many pet owners who never really thought about getting the surgeries done are now taking advantage of the program.
Many pit bull owners think there is a lot of value in breeding them and selling the puppies, but there really isn't that much of a demand, Duncan said. "Most of them don't have much market value as puppies… it's better to get your dog spayed or neutered so you don't have to spend the money to raise the puppies."
"There are tons of pit bull puppies" in shelters and with rescue organizations, he said.
The clinic also offers microchipping as part of surgery or during the clinics. A microchip improves the likelihood of a missing animal being returned to its owner, especially cats, Duncan said.
For more information, visit www.HelpSpayNeuter.org or call 770-304-7911.
The clinic is located at 12 The Crescent in Newnan, in the Avery Park development off U.S. 29 North.