New mobile spay, neuter facility opens
River City Community Animal Hospital is the only non-profit mobile spay and neuter facility in our area. RCCAH was founded by three very dedicated women in 2004, and currently provides higher standard spay and neuter services for cats and dogs in the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia region. The staff travels as far as Cedar Key, the Valdosta area, north of Brunswick and south of Palm Coast.
Founding members include Board of Directors’ President Dr. Sarah Skinner, Veterinary Medical Director Dr. Pat Gionet, and Hospital Administrator Stacey Chesser Davis.
RCCAH is a state-of-the-art mobile animal hospital and provides services by appointment in pre-determined locations in many communities and animal shelters. Their primary mission is to combat the senseless euthanasia of adoptable homeless pets by reducing the surplus numbers of puppies and kittens born each year, raising awareness of the health benefits of spaying and neutering and educating the community about responsible pet care and public health issues. Without ongoing education and awareness, the cycle of pet homelessness and euthanasia will continue, and the problem will only increase.
The mobile hospital strives to assure that each patient is treated with the greatest individualized care and compassion. Each owner is asked to be present for a very short presentation by the veterinarian upon check in time in the morning and the veterinarian and staff personally review the patient’s surgery experience and provide health care advice when the patient is discharged from the hospital at the end of the day. Each patient receives a thorough physical exam and personalized care. Any health issues are discussed thoroughly with the patient’s family, recommendations are made and it is always emphasized that an ongoing and regular relationship with the family veterinarian is critical to maximum pet health.
RCCAH is always in need of volunteers and donations; a volunteer application may be downloaded from the organization’s Web site (www.rccah.org) and there is a monthly newsletter available with organization news and pet care tips and patient photos. A “Paws for the Cause” fund raising event is scheduled for Feb. 20 in St. Mary’s, Ga. and other cooperative events are held throughout the year.
Due to the current economic situation homeless and abandoned animal situations are on the dramatic increase. Shelters are overflowing and adoptions are fewer than ever. RCCAH is working very hard to help animals live better and longer, have a better chance at finding a loving home and not contributing to the sad statistics we see in our communities every day.
Call 733-8123 for more information.