Navy Yard to Get Regional Spay & Neuter Center
THE WASHINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY and Alley Cat Allies, an organization that advocates reducing feral cat populations, are partnering up to launch the region's first-ever low cost animal spay and neuter center. The facility, to be located near the Washington Navy Yard and Barracks Row at 1001 L St. SE, will open Oct. 4.
The National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center's goal is 75 animal surgeries a day, seven days a week, according to an announcement. The animals will come from the Washington Humane Society's in-house animal shelter and the D.C. Animal Shelter, which the society also runs.
Along with the new facility, the Humane Society plans to expand its efforts to work with various communities and organizations to trap, then spay or neuter outdoor cats.
And at the Navy Yard, the center will be far away from angry Cleveland Park parents who were outraged when John Eaton Elementary School's cafeteria was used as the site of a special two-day cat sterilization clinic in February 2005. The school was "probably was not the best place to carry out that service in hindsight," Jim Collier, the chief of the D.C.'s Health Department's bureau of environmental quality, said at the time, as quoted by The Post's Ylan Q. Mui.
File photo of the Washington Humane Society's Georgia Avenue facility by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post