Joy Clinic open house set for next week

Xavier Smith • Sep 12, 2017 at 6:58 PM

New Leash on Life will unveil its latest expansion next Saturday as guests will get their first view of the Joy Clinic, exactly one year after the group broke ground on the facility.

The new 2,500-square-foot spay and neuter clinic, which performed its first operation last month, will allow New Leash to perform more procedures.

The open house will take place Sept. 23 from noon until 4 p.m. at 507 Jim Draper Blvd., behind Pro Bowl West.

The clinic previously spayed and neutered 20-40 animals. The new facility will allow the group to service larger animals and about 100 dogs and cats per week.

The clinic is named after Wilson County Commissioner Joy Bishop, who is a longtime advocate for New Leash on Life. Bishop donated $700,000 for the new clinic.

Bishop is original founder of New Leash on Life and said she felt it was important for pet owners to have an affordable place for spay and neuter procedures. The cost for spay or neuter at the clinic will range from $30 to $75.

“It’s proven that it’s the best animal control around. It’s very important to do and done early. A lot of people can’t afford that. It’s a very low-cost program that will be taken on by New Leash,” Bishop said last year. 

“Pet overpopulation is such a big problem,” said Dr. April Smith, New Leash on Life’s medical director. “This surgery center will allow us to help many more pet owners. We are grateful to Joy. Wilson County will benefit for years to come from her generosity.”


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