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Kindest Cut finally has a home without wheels
The organization has been performing low cost spay/neuter surgeries in partnership with Animal Humane Society since 2011, but always from one of its mobile clinics. Now, with the opening of the Melrose Animal Clinic at AHS's Golden Valley facility in September, that's all changed.
“My staff and I are delighted to have a full size clinic where we can expand our ability to serve the pets of people in need,” says Dr. Meghann Kruck, Kindest Cut's director and staff veterinarian. ”Our mobile clinic has served and will continue to serve us and the community well, but certainly has limitations in the number of patients we can serve. The new Melrose Animal Clinic has the capability for us to house and provide surgery for up to 120 additional patients a day.”
In addition to low cost spay and neuter services, the Melrose Animal Clinic will partner with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, which will use one of the surgical suites, to provide additional services at low cost while training veterinarians in the world of shelter medicine.
“Students will be given an opportunity to see and work alongside Kindest Cut staff so they have first-hand experience with our program and can further educate the public about us as they enter their careers as veterinarians,” says Dr. Kruck. ”Students will also have an opportunity to learn new, more efficient ways of performing spay and neuter surgeries that will help them be more productive surgeons.”
In the first year, Dr. Kruck expects the clinic to perform 4,000-8,000 surgeries. At full capacity, the clinic will be able to perform approximately 20,000 surgeries per year.
“Getting to that point, however, may take a few years,” Dr. Kruck says. ”Through our transport efforts, community outreach and subsidized events with partner rescues and shelters, we are likely to experience steady growth. Having a space that is ready for us to grow is a huge asset.”
The clinic is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation that made the endeavor possible. Lia Melrose, a member of the AHS Board of Directors, is a trustee of the foundation.