JOSHUA TREE — The Animal Action League has a message for the Morongo Basin: “Please spay and neuter your pets!”
The organization’s low-cost spay and neuter mobile clinic is in Joshua Tree on Twentynine Palms Highway just west of White Feather Road.
“We’re at the dinosaurs,” AAL President Jordin Kuecks said with a laugh to describe the location in back of Desert View Manufactured Homes.
But Kuecks and company are not laughing about the explosion of unwanted animals that are put to death each month.
Melanie Crider, animal control officer at the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter, said 60 percent of the 200 dogs and cats routinely accepted there each month are euthanized. Some of the animals are killed because they are sick or feral, but Crider said the other factor is space.
In May alone, 127 cats were brought into the Yucca Valley shelter, she said.
“We’re trying to help people get their felines fixed,” Kuecks stated.
Low-income residents in unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County qualify for spay or neuter vouchers that reduce the cost of the operation for cats from $45 to $25.
Vouchers are available to reduce the cost of spaying a female dog to $35, and for neutering a male dog to $45.
The Animal Action League’s mobile clinic is fresh, clean and quiet. On a recent visit, medical staff members were gentle and friendly.
The surgical bay is separated from the animals being boarded before and after their operations.
Cats are kept well above the dogs, just as they like it.
Animals can be brought in at 8 weeks or older, and can be operated on even if in heat or pregnant.
Animals with daytime surgeries are released that afternoon or evening.
To apply for a low-income spay or neuter voucher, call San Bernardino County Animal Control at (888) 767-2550.
To schedule an appointment with Animal Action League, call (760) 322-4560.