A record of more than $10,800 was raised at Community Animal Rescue Effort’s seventh annual Spay-ghetti Dinner fundraiser Sunday to generate money for spaying and neutering dogs and cats.
Organizers fed spaghetti dinners to 340 people at Tre Bicchieri restaurant downtown, according to Elaine DeClue, CARE’s spay and neuter coordinator.
That’s up from 300 last year.
“I think those who came to support us last year came back and brought friends,” DeClue said.
Organizers said it would be difficult to estimate how many surgeries could be funded with the money, since various discounts are available at various times through Bloomington’s Pets Alive clinic, which does the procedures on local animals trucked there. Much of the work is done for as little as $20 per animal for low-income families.
That price is significant since DeClue and others with CARE say struggling families generally will not pay $250 to $400 for spaying or neutering with a veterinarian. If they don’t seek other means for the procedure for a pet, the area then faces more stray animals at a time when it is already experiencing overpopulation.
Reduced-price clinics are publicized at Columbus’ Petco, 1337 N. National Road, and on CARE’s website at care.rescuegroups.org.
In 2013, CARE coordinated the spaying or neutering of a record 1,450 animals.
CARE’s Caity Robertson, who coordinated Sunday’s event, said the work is important. And she mentioned she’s pleased to see people understand that idea.
“It never ceases to amaze me how people continue to come out and support CARE,” Robertson said. “This feels like the hard work going into it paid off.”
Staff at the City of Columbus’ Animal Services Center on Arnold Drive said the fact that it is still running at full capacity is evidence spaying and neutering continues to be an important need.