Local spay, neuter clinic is working to help more people and their pets

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Humane Ohio is a low-cost spay neuter clinic in Toledo. In addition to fixing thousands of animals a year, there's also a pet food bank for owners in need.

The operation is funded by donations and there's an event coming up where you can get out and enjoy a local park and help raise money. It's called Tails on the Trails.

Last year alone, Humane Ohio spayed or neutered more than 15,000 dogs and cats. The non-profit organization is able to keep costs low at the clinic through grants and donations. Event organizers are hoping this fundraiser will help even more people and their pets

More than 15,500 dogs and cats were fixed at Humane Ohio in 2016.
The clinic is on track to spay and neuter more than 16,000 animals this year. But it's not just about fixing animals, it's also about helping feed them.

Robin Hunt says she's been able to keep her dog Tank and her three cats because of Humane Ohio, "I never thought I would need help like this. I had a successful business and my husband was a veterinarian. Then he got sick, and I got sick. The economy hit rock bottom in 2008 and we were upside-down in our house. I could go on and on and on. When that happened it took our retirement, our savings. It ate it all. He was dying and I was penniless. I was thinking what do I do? Luckily I am fortunate to have friends who are extremely kind. One of my friends told me about this place because she knew I was having a tough time taking care of my animals . Humane Ohio has literally saved me from having to get rid of my companions."

Robin not only relies on the pet food bank to help feed tank and her cats, but she also gives back by volunteering. She says this place is about much more than providing food for pets, "It's a survival tool. And it's always done with kindness and it's always done with generosity. That's what this pet food bank means to me and hopefully everyone who comes here. If I need something they are always there for me, and it's not just food, it's support. That support is just as critical as the food." Last year the pet food bank helped more than 700 families feed their animals.

Another busy spot at the clinic is the operating room. Dozens of dogs and cats are fixed on a daily basis. Gretchen Marks is the Director of Operations for Humane Ohio,"We fix 70-100 animals per day, everything from free roaming cats to your pet dog or cat." Because of those numbers the clinic has had a significant impact on reducing the number of unwanted litters in our area.

When it comes to cats that aren't fixed, Gretchen says the numbers are astounding, "One cat can have 2-3 litters a year with one to eight kittens in every litter. So between that one cat and her offspring, they can produce hundreds of thousands of kittens." A simple walk or run in the park can help prevent that from happening.

Tails on the Trails is Saturday, September 9th at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee. There is a run and a walk, and dogs are welcome. 13abc is a proud sponsor of the walk.

If you'd like to take part in the event, make a donation to Humane Ohio or if you need help feeding or fixing your pet, we've posted a link.

The pet food bank is especially in need of cat food and litter donations right now.