St. Thomas Humane Society hosts spay and neuter clinic

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For local veterinary technician Kathy Vennitti, taking part in this weekend's spay and neuter clinic was about curbing feline leukemia on St. Thomas.

At one time, she said the disease was rapidly declining and she stressed that continuing to vaccinate and test the animals along with spaying and neutering will help to control the disease and prevent it from recurring in the feral population.

More than 50 cats were spayed and neutered on Saturday alone by a team of three veterinarians and three veterinarian technicians from Cape Cod, Mass.

Veterinarians Mohamed Emara, Lilan Hauser and Frank Alfano are being assisted by Amanda Amirault, Kelly Buckley and Evan Franklin who will conduct more surgeries today.

The local trap-neuter-return program helps to control the feral cat population on St. Thomas. Dellia Hollodenschi of Lucky Paws foundation said the group's "goal is to achieve a no kill shelter."

To bring in your cat or dog to the clinic, contact Hollodenschi at 513-1854, visit, or call the Humane Society of St. Thomas at 775-0599.

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