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Rescue the Animals, SPCA donates $40,000 for adoption trailer, spay & neuter program

Rescue the Animals, SPCA made a large donation to the City of Abilene at Thursday's Abilene City Council meeting.

Paul Washburn, President of Rescue the Animals, presented two checks to the City of Abilene totaling $40,000.

One check worth $20,000 will go toward the adoption trailer that the Abilene City Council approved to purchase back in August of last year and the other $20,000 check will go toward the city's spay and neuter program.

"The major problem is that there’s too many animals,” Washburn said. “There are too many people that didn’t get them fixed. One of the reasons for that is, in the 20 years we've been at this, the price of spay and neuter and many vet services have gone up at least as much as human health care.”

At the end of his presentation, Washburn told the Abilene City Council that Rescue the Animals, SPCA needs a veterinarian at the shelter. Rescue the Animals, SPCA would donate $20,000 toward the first year of the veterinarian's salary if the Abilene City Council would put a permanent full-time position in next year's budget. If the Abilene City Council decides to put a permanent part-time veterinarian position in next year’s budget, Rescue the Animals, SPCA would contribute $10,000 for the first year of the veterinarian's salary.

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