BEND, OR -- The Bend Spay and Neuter Project is ready to undertake a major move - just across the street. Executive Director Megan Gram tells KBND News, "We have struggled for years to keep up with the need for surgery, so we’d been booking out surgeries two or three weeks in advance. We tried to negate that in a variety of ways but it wasn’t really working. So, we ended up adding on to our medical team and just being able to do more surgeries in one day; and that’s been really successful." But, she says, that wasn't enough. "We’ve been outgrowing the space for quite some time, now. We had been working on adding members to our medical team and getting them specially trained in high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter. So, our team is ready to go and we’re able to safely and efficiently perform up to 50 surgeries per day. And, we’re realizing that, while we have the capacity, we don’t necessarily have the space to do it." Gram believes a combination of growing awareness and a growing local population is contributing to the increased demand.
The new facility is just across the parking lot from the nonprofit’s current location at Ninth and Wilson. Gram says finding the right spot, and moving, may be the easy part. "The space is a bit larger than our current space and it’s going to require us to purchase some additional dog and cat kennels to increase our capacity the way we want to. And, we actually have office space, which is exciting. Historically we haven’t had office space so we’re going to be needing some cubicles, some desks. We’re also hoping to be able to host community events at our new location." She says with 750 additional square feet, it should still be efficient enough for them to significantly increase the number of surgeries performed each day.
The public is invited to a “pre-open house” party on December 15, to get a sneak peek at the new building. Click HERE
for more information; RSVPs are requested by December 11.
Gram expects the new clinic will be ready for them to move in January or February.