Mississippi Spay & Neuter announced today a $13,964.35 grant investment from the Banfield Foundation® to support life-saving work for animals in Central Mississippi. The Banfield Foundation Veterinary Medical Equipment Grant helps expand veterinary care for pets in need. The grant provides funding toward purchasing veterinary medical equipment for veterinary clinics and practices, including shelters, low-cost and mobile practices.
Mississippi Spay & Neuter offers spay/neuter procedures, as well as vaccinations, dewormers, umbilical hernia repair, microchipping, and nail trims at the time of surgery.
"Banfield Foundation is a purpose-driven organization—one that has never lost sight of our responsibility to give back while responding to and meeting the needs of our nonprofit partners, pets, and communities,” says Anthony Guerrieri, President and Chairman of the Banfield Foundation Board of Directors.
Since 2008, Mississippi Spay & Neuter has provided high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter services at their Big Fix Clinic. As of September 30th, 2021, 62,485 animals have been fixed at the Big Fix Clinic. Spay/neuter is provided at a low cost, and no animal is turned away due to a guardian's ability to pay. The Banfield Foundation Veterinary Medical Equipment Grant allows Mississippi Spay and Neuter to continue providing a high quality of care for patients with upgraded medical and surgical equipment.
In 2020, Mississippi Spay & Neuter opened Elaine’s Basic Care and Wellness Center. Due to COVID-19 and staffing, the wellness center has only operated during partial business hours, with a goal of opening weekly by the end of 2021. Low-cost wellness services help keep pets healthy and in the home with their family.
“Much of our equipment was purchased when our clinic opened in 2008 and has served us well,” said Sharon Garner, Executive Director at Mississippi Spay & Neuter. “Unfortunately, much of it is nearing the end of its useful life or has been retired from service. This generous grant from Banfield Foundation will allow us to purchase 2 surgical tables, an autoclave for instrument sterilization, and a hematocrit centrifuge for patient blood work. We will now be able to offer affordable patient blood work in-house, allowing for increased access to care, especially for older animals who must receive blood work before spay/neuter surgery.”
To support Mississippi Spay and Neuter, visit www.msspan.org. For more information on how
Mississippi Spay and Neuter is serving animals in central Mississippi, contact Shelby Siefers at 601-420-2438.
About Mississippi Spay and Neuter
Mississippi Spay & Neuter is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending animal homelessness and euthanasia through spay and neuter. The organization has aided more than 90,000 animals by providing affordable spay and neuter services through their Big Fix Clinic and voucher programs.
For more information on Mississippi Spay & Neuter and its programs, call 601-420-2438 or visit www.msspan.org.
About the Banfield Foundation®
At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us. For more information, visit BanfieldFoundation.org