Sonoma County animal control debuts mobile spay-and-neuter van

Tina Parra's surprise when her teenage son brought home a boxer turned into shock when the Windsor waitress contacted veterinary clinics to see about getting the puppy spayed.

"It was going to be $250. I couldn't afford it at the time," said Parra, a single mom.

For a mere $30, Sonoma County's new mobile spay and neuter clinic performed the same service Wednesday inside a van parked at the Western Farm Center in Santa Rosa.

"It's a huge help," Parra said.

The debut of the mobile clinic, dubbed the Love-Me-Van, marked the county's latest attempt to utilize the specially equipped vehicle, which was purchased 12 years ago with dreams of bringing low-cost spay and neuter services to the masses.

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