LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Leaders on both sides of the river think they have found the solution to a growing animal problem county-wide.
"We continually hear from our shelters that they are overcrowded," said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
Roswarski said the city currently pays close to $700,000 to cover shelter and animal control costs.
He believes the clinic will help with those costs, as well as address the overcrowding issue.
"If you can bring low cost spay and neuter service so everyone can afford to get their animal fixed, it appears that can make a significant impact in decreasing your overall pet population and how many animals end up at the shelter," said Roswarski.
The clinic will be located off the intersection of South 18th Street and Veteran's Memorial Parkway on Braddock Drive. Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County will split the building's $57,000 lease for the first three years.
Sharon Dull has been a major player in bringing the clinic to town.
"We have a few vets in the area that cover spay and neuter but they just can't keep up with the demand," Dull said.
Dull has volunteered with several spay and neuter programs and shelters for years. Which is how she met Tammy Sollenberger, the person who will run the Lafayette clinic.
"The number one reason people do not get their pets spayed and neutered is cost," Sollenberger said.
Sollenberger is executive director of Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic Inc, a group that runs similar operations in other parts of the state.
Roswarski knows the clinic will help but he said the efforts won't stop there.
"I'm going to talk to the city council about passing a mandatory spayed and neutered ordinance in the community, requiring people that don't want to do that and want to breed to have to get a breeder's license," said Roswarski.
The clinic is expected to be complete by Feb. 1.