Asavet Charities is a fairly recent 501c3 charity but already has covered a lot of ground. Tucson is fortunate to be their home base.
Beading Diva Karyn sat down with Clara Lee Arnold to learn more about what Asavet does and how – you the community – can help.
Karyn: Asavet has been really busy. How many cats and dogs did you alter at the 3-day MASH event this year?
Clara Lee: MASH saw just over 430 animals who were spayed or neutered at no cost in 2016. Additionally, Asavet Charities has altered another 300+ animals for Pima and Pinal County in October 2016.
K: Where have you taken the Asavet mobile to so far this year?
CL: We’ve visited several places in Pima and Pinal counties: Three Points, Picture Rocks, Casa Maria, Casa Grande and Sol Dog Kennels just to name a few. We’ve also worked with groups in Las Cruces, Roswell, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and dozens more locations are set to do clinics in the next few months.
K: How do you get the word out to each location?
CL: It’s been phenomenal how word has spread. It seems like we’ve been able to already have a huge outreach by just word of mouth through rescue groups and colleagues.
K: Is the spay/neuter free?
CL: That depends on the arrangement Asavet has with the sponsor of the clinic. Most of our clinics have been free to the public, with individual rescues paying for services, or a sponsor paying for services.
Some groups have charged a greatly discounted fee to the public, then paid Asavet. Some clinics have been paid with a grant. We are flexible to help groups and communities get the services they need.
K: You say you need monetary donations for supplies — can you be more specific? What does the money pay for?
CL: Anything that is involved in a spay/neuter surgery…like anesthetics, pain meds, surgical gloves, sutures, scalpels, syringes, fluids, etc. Each animal uses a lot of supplies before their surgery is complete.
K: Can we take a peek at the mobile unit?
CL: Yes! On Tuesday November 22 from 3 to 5 pm, the public is invited to the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to take a tour of the mobile vet unit, sip & nosh and buy Beading Divas bracelets. Come down and check it out! The CFSAZ is located at 2250 E. Broadway between Campbell & Tucson Blvd. We’re excited to show the community what we do. And if your business or organization would like to sponsor a spay/neuter day — contact Asavet at firstname.lastname@example.org
K: And if you can’t make that event, you can find bracelets at these venues around town or online. One of a kind bracelets make great gifts and help an amazing cause. Buy bracelets here:
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954, meter parking until 5 PM M-F
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road, 326-8533
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775