New clinic serves city's dogs and cats

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Wilson is one of the many pets treated at the new PAWS clinic in Grays Ferry.

With the opening of a new facility in the Grays Ferry section, a nonprofit group is making progress in the effort to control the number of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in Philadelphia.

Close to 600 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered at low cost at The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society's new clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry since it opened on March 22, officials said.

"We're very proud of the services we have provided," said Melissa Levy, executive director of the organization. "This is going to save a lot of animals.

The PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic is at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue. The clinic's goal is to provide basic veterinary services and spay/neuter surgeries to shelter animals, other rescue organizations and the general public.

Levy said the new 6200-square-foot facility has been working at about half capacity.

She said that spaying/neutering nearly 600 dogs and cats since late March would reduce the number of stray and unwanted pets by thousands.

For details about rates and services call 215-298-9680 or www.phillypaws.org. In addition to spay/neuter services, the clinic, which is open seven days a week by appointment, offers exams and treatment for common conditions, vaccinations and identity microchips.

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