Nine dogs and a cat in Ottawa County were recently spayed or neutered at a low cost clinic sponsored by the Ottawa County Animal Welfare Society.

Volunteers with the society received special training to assist with the surgeries provided by Hometown Pet Care in Miami.

“This was our first such clinic and we were glad about the number,” said Jean Eslick, president of the society. “We did not want to be overwhelmed.”

She laughed about a second cat that had a clinic reservation - but, not a willing spirit.

“The cat was part wild, an outdoor cat,” Eslick said. “It's owner called and told us that she couldn't catch it. We told her to bring it the next time we have a clinic.”

According to statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States, the average cat will have four to six kittens in a litter and can produce three litters in one year.

The average dog can have six to 10 puppies in a litter and can produce two litters a year.

With the average life span of a cat being 14 years and a dog being 13 years, a lot of kittens and puppies can result.

Eslick said she found it interesting that none of the animals operated on had been adopted from the shelter.

Surgeries were performed by Dr. David Prescott, DVM, and his veterinarian technician.

“We are grateful to Dr. Prescott and Shelia for donating their free time and their willingness to perform the surgeries,” Eslick said.

Prices for spaying or neutering a dog, plus a rabies vaccination if needed, ranged from $10 to $50 and for cats ranged from $10 to $30 depending on the owner's income.

“The society is going to try to have the clinic again,” Eslick said. “If it works well, we'd like to have one on a regular basis.”