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Decatur Veterinarian Supports Local Animal Shelter, Encourages Animal Adoption


September 28, 2011 - Decatur, IL

Fairview Hospital for Animals announced that Dr. Shelly Stevens, a veterinarian at the animal clinic, works closely with the Decatur-Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation (DMCASF). DMCASF raises money to cover veterinary care for shelter pets and also funds the shelter's low-cost spay-neuter program. Dr. Stevens and the veterinary care team at Fairview Hospital for Animals provide pet vaccinations, wellness care, spay and neuter operations, pet dentals and pet dermatology.

Dr. Shelly Stevens, a veterinarian and co-owner of Fairview Hospital for Animals, announced that she works closely with the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center.

Dr. Stevens is the secretary for the Decatur-Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation (DMCASF), a group that provides financial support for the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center. The foundation raises money to pay for discretionary care and treatment of companion animals held at the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center, along with supporting the shelter's low-cost spay-neuter program.

"As Secretary for DMCASF, I work closely with the Foundation to raise funds to cover the veterinary care and vaccinations for shelter animals," said Dr. Stevens. "The Macon County Animal Control & Care Center accepts all animals that are brought or relinquished to them, so there are many companion animals in need of veterinary care."

Dr. Stevens is closely involved in the Foundation's many fundraisers, including the annual Whiskers and Tails Gala in September which includes dinner, dancing and silent and live auction.

"Our fundraisers are held throughout the year to support the animal shelter's veterinary care programs, including the shelter's low-cost Decatur spay & neuter program," said Dr. Stevens.

Dr. Stevens strongly encourages that all Decatur pet owners spay or neuter their pets.

"Spaying or neutering your pet is a personal decision, but I strongly encourage all pet owners to do so," said Dr. Stevens. "Many pet owners do not realize that the majority of pets in animal shelters are not the offspring of street animals, but are the kittens or puppies of beloved family pets. Spaying and neutering your pet is the best way to stop animal over-population."

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are also important health benefits associated with spaying and neutering. Neutering helps reduce the risk for escape, injuries and fights, while spaying reduces the risk of fatal uterine infections and breast cancer.

Fairview Hospital for Animals is one of several veterinary hospitals that work closely with the shelter to encourage the adoption of shelter animals. While the veterinary hospitals do not personally facilitate the adoption, they work to connect prospective pet owners with companion animals at the shelter. All shelter pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped when adopted.

"Our vet clinic, along with other veterinary hospitals, strongly encourages prospective pet owners to consider adopting a shelter animal," said Dr. Stevens. "These pets are gentle, loving companions who deserve a permanent home."

Pet owners who wish to learn more about DMCASF or support the foundation's work on behalf of shelter pets can contact Dr. Stevens for more information.

Dr. Stevens and the veterinary care team at Fairview Hospital for Animals provide vaccinations, veterinary dermatology, spay and neuter operations, pet dental cleaning, and emergency pet care. More information is available on the clinic's website, http://fairviewpetvet.com/.

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Fairview Hospital for Animals
Decatur, IL
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