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Vets honored for low-cost spaying and neutering

By KBell
Jan. 11, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.

Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Polasek, center, declares Jan. 11, 2011 Dr. Karen Klinkerman, left, and Dr. Sandra Cochran, right, Day. The two veterinarians were honored for their dedication to providing low-cost spaying and neutering services at Victoria Adopt-A-Pet.

A crowd inched inside the crammed Texas Zoo Tuesday night for a chance to show their thanks to two local veterinarians.

Dr. Sandra Cochran and Dr. Karen Klinkerman were honored at an event sponsored by Pets are Worth Saving for their dedication to providing low-cost spaying and neutering to pets in Victoria.

"I think it's a big to-do that's not necessary," Cochran said before the event started. "We just want to keep doing what we're doing."

Cochran and Klinkerman provide low-cost surgeries at Adopt-A-Pet and together have spayed and neutered more than 20,000 animals.

Cindy Schneider, president of PAWS, introduced the two veterinarians while Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Polasek read a proclamation from Mayor Will Armstrong declaring Jan. 11, 2011 Dr. Sandra Cochran and Dr. Karen Klinkerman Day.

"We don't mean to overlook the other vets in Victoria, but we're just honoring those at Adopt-A-Pet," Schneider said.

Klinkerman said it was her pleasure and conviction to provide these services.

"I've always had a strong passion for spaying and neutering," the mother of two said.

Klinkerman postponed practicing veterinary medicine to start a family, but as her children grew, so did the time she dedicated to Adopt-A-Pet. "I'm there three to four days a week, so it worked well with my situation."

Meanwhile, Dr. Cochran comes in six to eight times a month in addition to running her practice.

Cochran was the first doctor in Victoria to offer the low-cost surgeries, Schneider said.

"It didn't take long after I moved here to find out there was a serious problem," Cochran said. "We still have a long way to go."

Cochran credits people in the community with bringing to her animals in need.

One such person is Terri McMahan, who said Cochran helped her capture 15 stray cats last year.

"She's a lifesaver," McMahan said.

Bonny Schaefer, who, along with McMahan was one of the straggling supporters left standing outside, agreed.

"To me, she is one of the last kind of vets that has honor and trust with her clients," Schaefer said. "I'm raving about her all the time."



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