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On the Road Again

In Washington state, a mobile clinic helps disadvantaged people and pets

It’s barely 6 a.m. in northern Washington state, cold and still dark on a December morning before Christmas, but people are already arriving in the parking lot of a big-box store.

They might be mistaken for bargain hunters trying to snag a deal on holiday gifts, and in fact, they are here to save. But the deals they’re after won’t be found inside the Bellingham Big Lots store. Instead, the big savings are found inside a truck parked outside, one that serves as a mobile spay/neuter clinic.

The Whatcom Education Spay and Neuter Impact Program (better known as WeSnip) operates out of a mobile spay/neuter vehicle, one of two Spay Stations owned by Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue organization in Sultan, Wash. The two organizations are collaborating to serve Whatcom and Skagit counties’ working poor, unemployed, and those on social assistance—and, of course, their pets.

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